BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Turkish Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that he has informed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of his country’s plan to launch a counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Idlib Governorate.

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According to Erdogan, Turkey’s counter-offensive against the Syrian Army is only a “matter of time”, as he pointed out he will not leave Idlib to the government or its Russian allies.

“Operation Idlib is just a matter of time. We have discussed (Idlib) with Trump. We have shared our opinions. We won’t leave Idlib to Assad regime neither those who encourages him (Russia),” Erdogan said.

Earlier this month, Erdogan warned the Syrian government that they have until the end of February to withdraw from the areas they captured in the Idlib Governorate.

The Syrian Army responded by advancing deeper into the Idlib and Aleppo governorates, while also surrounding another Turkish military observation post at Regiment 111 Base.

 

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“… Can’t leave Idlib to Assad…???” It’s Syrian territory after all.
Erdogan would prefer it to remain under the control of head-chopper and human-liver eating jihadis?

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@fair, the Jihadi are Turkey’s new Akıncı. Both the plan and the Turkish strategy are old. Might before right. Who can resist.

The Entente of the WWI created the borders and can change them again.

The US Empire that inherited the UK Empire’s place already did with the Golan heights border. The US already confiscated the Syrian oil field for some future ally?

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The Ottoman Caliph told the US Empor that he plans to consolidate the Syrian conquests of his HTS Akıncı by sending regular Turkish troops.

The Emperor gave his ally leave to go ahead against the Doctor and the Czar. Both sides pledged to send the resulting refugees to the EU to destabilize the social system and to further weaken prosperous EU countries like France, Germany and the Benelux.

The US goal is to make the Caliphate a major force to contain the EU and Russia.

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Good analysis. Certainly, even those announcements of E. are blatant acts of war. I would differ though in your assessment of Europe’s social systems. The refugees are, on the contrary, a big chance for Europe. Hopefully this will strengthen ties between Europe and the Middle East against the Sea Powers.
The challenge to the EU is to break free of the financial dominion of the ‘Giants’ and become a power that cooperates with Russia and China. The problems in France and Germany etc. are systemic and have nothing to do with a few migrants.

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Basically, this is a face saving exercise for Erdogan. He can’t be seen to be doing nothing after all these years in trying to get rid of Assad and seizing Syrian territory only to have the Syrian Government retrieve it all. And he’s playing for time while he assembles enough troops and will probably use the Turkish airforce in any attack. If Turkey does take on the SAA then this is where the rubber meets the road for all. Will RuAF jets together with Syrian Airforce jets tackle Turkish jet fighters attempting to bomb SAA troops? Will the SAA obliterate… Read more »