BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) – During his presidential address on Saturday morning, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a 30-kilometer-deep buffer zone across Syria’s northern border.

This buffer zone, which would presumably go across a large portion of the Latakia Governorate, will allegedly be implemented by the Turkish military, with no mention of the Russian Armed Forces.

“We are still working to create a 30-kilometer safe zone along our entire border line in Syria,” Erdogan said.

If true, this could cause major friction with Russia, as the latter’s military is deeply embedded in the Latakia Governorate and it is highly unlikely that they would want any Turkish-backed militant groups positioned any closer to the Hmeimim Airbase.

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Andrew R Joyce
2020-02-29 18:23

Let him have his buffer zone on the Turkish side of the border.

OziGooner
OziGooner
2020-02-29 18:23

More cheap words from this warmonger…..

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-29 18:58

Turkey is 5 times as bg as Syria, he can do his buffer inside Turkey.

Hayton
Hayton
2020-03-01 05:47
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But he won’t. This is about taking land and holding it, and he has no intention of relinquishing what will be taken. The Israelis call it making “facts on the ground”. I seem to recall Saddam Hussein had much the same idea back in 1990, when Kuwait seemed up for grabs. The response of Western countries to any such annexation will be interesting to observe.