Erdoğan’s real objective for “Operation Peace Spring”

Turkish armed forces target YPG bases in the Ras al-Ayn province of northeastern Syria as part of Operation Peace Spring, Oct. 9, 2019.

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Erdoğan started the last scene of the Syrian war, and restored The Assad regime to the north of the Euphrates. Saying “We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists,”.

Last week on Wednesday, Erdoğan has launched Operation “Peace Spring ”, east of the Euphrates River to secure the Turkish border. The Turkish president also says he wants to ensure the territorial integrity of Syria by eliminating the terrorist organizations BDYK / BKKA and ISIS to facilitate a safe return for Syrian refugees.

“Our aim is to destroy the terror corridor which is trying to be established on our southern border and to bring peace and peace to the region,”

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In reality Turkey feared that the Syrian Kurdish would cooperate with Turkey’s Kurdish minority who have demanded autonomy or independence.

Turkey's military operation in Syria coast more than 130 thousand displaced and about 60 civilian martyrs
more than 130.000 people are displaced | RT

It’s only six days after Turkey’s military operation in Syria started and according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 130.000 people are displaced and at least 60 civilians lost their lives. In the city “Tel Abyad” and other towns and villages more than 200 of the “SDF” and Turkish soldiers and factions loyal to Ankara have died.

The Kurdish deal with Damascus

No longer protected by the U.S. troops, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) turned to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The change in alliances came after President Donald Trump withdrew all U.S. troops from the northern border area amidst of the chaos. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that Washington was pulling out its 1,000 American soldiers from the region “as safely and quickly as possible.” A Syrian Kurdish politician told Reuters that the Syrian regime and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) held negotiations at an air base in Syria. This led to the Kurdish- and Syrian government forces to agree to work together against Turkey’s invasion.

“We did everything we could, we have called upon the West [and] the Arab League but no one is coming to help, so we have no other choice than to defend Kobane ourselves,”

Hassan, minister of defense of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria
Syrians welcoming regime forces at the western entrance of the town of Tal Tamr in the countryside of Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province (AFP)
Syrians welcoming regime forces at the western entrance of the town of Tal Tamr in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh province (AFP)

“We agreed with the regime and the Russians to come to Kobane,” he added. So far the SDF nor Russia confirmed this information is correct. Meanwhile, the Syrian army began a deployment in the Manbij area of eastern Aleppo countryside on Sunday evening.

Putin calls for the liberation of Syria

In an interview aired by Russian media and news agencies, Putin said: “Any party that illegally exists on the territory of any country – in this context Syria – has to leave it. This applies to all countries.”

Putin calls for the liberation of Syria
Putin calls for the liberation of Syria

He said Russian troops in Syria were ready to leave once a new legitimate Syrian government is realized. Putin added that there is danger from the operation “Peace Spring”. The escape of ISIS fighters detained in camps run by Kurdish factions in Syria shouldn’t be underestimated.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Twitter that the Adana agreement signed between Turkey and Syria 21 years ago could be a better way to achieve security. “Iran can help bring together the Syrian Kurds, the Syrian government and Turkey so that the Syrian army can guard the border with Turkey.”

No disagreement with Russia

Turkish President Erdoğan said that there is no disagreement with Russia, nor with the United States, calling on NATO countries to stand by Turkey. Erdoğan said he did not think any problems would occur in the Syrian city of Kobani after the Syrian army deployed on the border, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had shown “a positive approach.” He added that US withdrawing troops is a positive step. Erdoğan says he’s fighting “terrorist organizations” and that the alliance is not moving in the interest of Turkey. He also accused foreign media of sharing misleading information on “the peace process”. He also said 550 Kurdish troops had been killed.

Is Erdoğan joining the Russian camp?

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The tripartite summit in September brought together Putin, Erdoğan, and Rouhani. Putin shows he is determined to declare victory and the end of the war in Syria before 2020. Erdoğan wants to eliminate the Kurdish forces and to retrieve Russian S400 missiles.. Russia and Turkey both have multiple in the safe zone. Erdoğan doesn’t want more Syrian refugees to enter Turkey and to return the ones residing in Istanbul. Putin wants to end the war in Idlib, the safe zone will allow them to get what they want. Erdoğan’s goal to stop the Kurdish from forming a threat by gaining their own territory was achieved when the Syrian military forces entered the North.

(Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP, File)
(Tolga Bozoglu/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Peace Spring Operation or invasion?

After six days of Turkey fighting the Syrian Kurdish factions, Assad was able to gain control of the north of the Euphrates without any opposition from the Syrian Kurdish due to Erdoğan’s Peace Spring Operation.

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Even as the EU, the US, Russia, Iran and the Arab states shared their objections to what they call an invasion. Each is looking for advantage as the power in Syria shifts again. Erdoğan must have anticipated Europe’s disapproval. His response was a threat to send 3.6 million Syrian refugees to Europe, he doesn’t care much about calls to suspend Turkey from Nato.

Turkey’s relations with Europe were already deteriorating because of its human rights violations and thwarted EU membership bid. Now, European leaders are paying a high price for past attempts to tone down Erdoğan’s authoritarianism. His actions have proven he is no ally and no friend.

When it comes to war crimes, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump, Assad, the Russian and US air forces and the rebel militants all have one thing in common: they are unlikely to face prosecution for their war crimes. The international criminal court lacks authority and is not officially recognized by the US, Russia, Turkey or Syria.

Gepubliceerd door Yasser Alahwal

Experienced Journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Analytical Skills, Microsoft Word, Sales, and Team Building. Strong media and communication professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Media from Damascus University.

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