​​​​​​​Hamida Yaghit: Turkey prepares for confrontational battle in Idlib

The Middle East affairs specialist Hamida Yaghit said that the Turkish state is gathering more troops in Idlib and preparing for a military confrontation there.

In order to achieve its goals in the Middle East, the Turkish occupation state imposes all its dirty policies. The specialist in the Middle East affairs Hamida Yaghit spoke to Hawar news about the issue of escalating confrontations after the tripartite meeting of the Astana guarantors, in addition to the issues of the Turkish military build-up in Idlib and the Libyan crisis.

Yaghit pointed to Moscow agreement on the truce in Idlib declared on the fifth of March, and said that the Turkish state did not abide by the terms of the armistice, and that it was unable to control the extremist mercenary groups in Idlib. She added in this regard: "The jihadist groups did not agree Turkey's signing on the armistice agreement in Idlib, and those groups decided to prevent the conduct of joint Russian-Turkish patrols, as they carried out attacks there. These groups attacked the Turkish army patrols, which put Turkey in front of a new crisis, as on the one hand it cannot control the jihadists, and on the other hand it cannot abide by the promises it made. Meanwhile, the jihadist groups' attacks against Syrian government forces continue."

A military operation in Idlib in exchange for Libya

Yeghit noted that Russia had entered a challenge with Turkey not only in Idlib, but also in Libya, and said: "The forces of the Accord government in Libya took control of al-Watiyyah base in eastern Libya with direct support from Turkey, and later Russia carried out air strikes in Idlib, where Idlib has witnessed raids or similar operations since May 5th truce until that period. Furthermore, these raids were a response to the Turkish card in Libya."

Military mobilizations are preparations for a confrontation battle

Yeghit said that the Turkish state is preparing for a confrontation battle in Idlib: "For the first time after the armistice agreement, Russian warplanes raided the sites of the mercenary groups in the areas of Sahl al-Ghab, as they raided areas in Lattakia countryside, and at the same time, the Syrian army started to dirve more reinforcements to the region. All these moves indicate that Idlib will witness a close battle."

Yaghit pointed out that the crisis in Libya is inseparable from the crisis in Idlib, Russia deliberately opened the files of Libya, and there is a challenge and competition between Russia and Turkey over the two files. Yaghit noted that Russia's position on Libya is clear and well-known: "Russia seeks to limit the progress of Al-Wefaq government forces towards the east of the country, where Turkey supports Al-Wefaq, but Iran, which is among Astana guarantors, has announced its support for Turkey. Russia wants to collect the files of Libya and Idlib at the same table, and also wants Iran to remain as a mediator, as well as the continuation of the files of Libya and Idlib, and the tripartite discussions of Astana."

The Syrian settlement is repeated in Libya

Yaghit pointed to the complexity of the Libyan crisis, and said that the crisis in Libya is getting more complicated, as the United States of America is working to interfere in the Libyan crisis through Turkey, and also noted that America wants Russia to receive the file of settlement of the Libyan crisis: "The stage of the Syrian settlement is repeated in Libya. Russia wants to keep Turkey on its side, and not to allow the United States of America to interfere in Libya via Turkey and create opposition forces there. Instead of restricting Turkey because it did not adhere to the terms of the armistice in Idlib, Russia is delaying and prolonging the settlement and offering concessions in Idlib. Only Russia remains an influential force in Libya that can put forward the red lines."

The Turkish state supports the terrorist organizations

Hamida Yaghit also indicated that the Turkish state deals with Hayet Tahrir al-Sham, which is considered a terrorist organization in Idlib, and said in this regard: "Turkey stands alongside the jihadist groups in Idlib. Turkey has not moved away from Hayet Tahrir al-Sham, which consequently leads to continuing problems and crises. It seems that Russia will not make more concessions to Turkey in this regard."



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