BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – Turkey is creating a new “national army” that is composed of several Syrian rebel factions, a new report alleged.

According to the report, the initiative is meant to thwart the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) upcoming offensive inside the Idlib Governorate.

The new force will be allegedly composed of approximately 35,000 fighters from various rebel factions across the Idlib Governorate, including the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Tahrir Souriya.

There was no mention regarding the future of the jihadist rebel groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP).

Turkish support for the group has included the regular payment of salaries, as well as the setting up of 12 military outposts, concentrated in the northern province of Idlib. Ankara has reportedly also invested in local infrastructure, including the building of local schools.

The leader of the rebel coalition, Colonel Haitham Afisi has been quoted as listing the three main enemies of his ‘army’: President Bashar al-Assad, Daesh, and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

It is believed that Turkey’s support for the nascent group stems largely from its opposition to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit’s (YPG), which it sees as an extension of the PKK, whom have waged an intermittent campaign of guerrilla warfare inside Turkey since the late 1970s.

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Nestor Arapa

Este es una burla al gobierno Ruso e Irán, el único ejercito regular que existe es el Sirio.
Pronto debe empezar la ofensiva a no permitir que se rompa la soberanía Siria.

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Another “genius” idea from “mahdi” Erdogan while Turkish economy is falling apart, thanks to his megalomaniac mega-projects and his loan-craze at borrowing gigantic money with usury interest-rates and his military adventurism added to his shitlamist mindset and Ottoman Empire 2.0 fantasies.

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Wrong:. Foreign currency loans were taken out by Turkish firms because the interest rates on taking out loans in Lira from Turkish banks were so high. The modest interest rate of the foreign loans only becomes toxic with the exchange rate weakness of the Lira.

It is a economic mechanism.

Reason: The current weakness of the Lira comes from Turkey’s high inflation rate. It was covered up while surplus foreign capital flowed in. With that influx drying up the exchange rate of the Lira normalizes to its inflation adjusted value.

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p.s. Much of the loans was in deed sunk in project like the Istanbul airport – a megalomaniac economic adventure that may never pay up. Much of the deficit and inflation of countries like Turkey, Hungary and before the change to Euro also Greece was taken out by deprecation of the national currency. The private sector in Hungary and Turkey were hit so hard because loans were taken out in foreign currency. So any deprecation of the national currency hits foreign currency loans as soon as capital stops flowing in. Greece was the case where a nation in the habit… Read more »

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What is the meaning of STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM?

Turki’s involvement & actions of arming, funding and supporting these terrorists & rebel factions be regarded as State Sponsored Terrorism by United Nations? Why can’t UN designate Turki as a Terror Sponsoring Nation and put it under FATF in the same lines as other countries which have been identified.

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I will create new “national army” in Turkey.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

These new group, the old one, ISIS-Nsutras-Daesh, Turkey and Kurds will face the same things death and destruction under Syria-Iran-Hezbolah-Russia forces.