​​​​​​​Infighting of mercenary groups.. Struggles on threshold of Turkish obedience

 The fighting is renewed between the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation in the occupied Syrian areas and stops each time. How can we view the clashes that took place in the countryside of Aleppo between the mercenaries of the "Syrian Front" and "Ahrar al-Sham"? And in what context can the fighting between terrorist groups be placed?  And what does the Turkish occupation want from that?

 During the past week, the areas occupied by Turkey witnessed clashes between the mercenaries of the so-called "Syrian Front and Ahrar al-Sham Movement" of the Turkish occupation in the villages of the countryside of al-Bab city, and spread to all occupied areas, starting from the city of Jarablus to the occupied villages of Afrin.

The reasons for the clashes are due to the defection of the mercenaries of the so-called "Division 32" from the mercenaries of the "Syrian Front", in favor of the mercenaries of "Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya".

 The "Syrian Front" mercenaries launched a major military campaign against the villages in which the "Ahrar al-Sham Islamic and 32nd Division" mercenaries are stationed, in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.

 The "Al-Jabha al-Shamiya" mercenaries were able to expel the mercenaries of "Ahrar al-Sham and the 32nd Division" from several villages in the countryside of al-Bab city, after violent clashes between them, and captured dozens of mercenaries, including the leader of the "Ahrar al-Sham Islamic" mercenaries, (Abu Dujana al-Kurdi).

 And the mercenaries of "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham" (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), sent huge military reinforcements to the countryside of al-Bab city to support "Ahrar al-Sham" mercenaries against the mercenaries of "Al-Jabha al-Shamiya".

 The clashes extended to the villages of the occupied canton of Afrin, leaving deaths and injuries between the two sides, as well as civilian deaths.

 Constant contexts of fighting

In this context, the head of the "Syria First" party, Salman Shabib, told our agency, "The recent clashes that took place in the countryside of Aleppo between the al-Shamia Front and the Ahrar al-Sham movement supported by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, come in permanent contexts of fighting and conflicts that  It erupts between the various terrorist factions and forces that control a large area of northern Syria with Turkish cover, support, administration, and direct support from the Turkish army,” adding: “Jabhat al-Nusra carried out the attack, but it put the Ahrar al-Sham movement as a front.”

 He pointed out that: "The expansion of Jabhat al-Nusra and its attempts to annex more areas and strike other organizations have been repeated over the past years."

 Shabib explains: "The danger of the recent move is that it brought al-Nusra to the gates of occupied Afrin, with all its importance and privacy, and the messages and goals that this may carry at this very critical stage," stressing: "Turkey is not far from these conflicts and is the one who plays the main role in  moving it for reasons that serve its agendas and plans in northern Syria, especially in light of the open and high-level coordination and cooperation that exists between Turkey and Jabhat al-Nusra, which is internationally classified as a terrorist organization.

 Hiring "Tahrir al-Sham"

The attack of the "Al-Nusra Front" can only be read in light of the developments in the dangerous scene in northern Syria, following the Turkish threats and criminal intentions to occupy more Syrian lands, according to Shabib, adding: "The attack also cannot be separated from the Turkish efforts in coordination with a number of Western circles to polish Jabhat al-Nusra and present it as a moderate organization that can be worked with and qualified to have a role in the future of Syria, and thus help or disregard its movements to control the land militarily, administratively, economically and in services, employing the surplus power it enjoys and eventually placing it in the service of the declared Turkish project to control and annex northern Syria  in Turkey,” stressing: “This is the fixed goal, no matter what changing titles are put to it.”

 "Tahrir al-Sham" imposes itself as the only force in the occupied territories

 Returning to the dispute between the groups, Shabib explains that it is well known that: “All organizations have one reference that they manage, organize and control the consensus and conflicts between them, and it is the Turkish reference, and it is true that they all draw from one extremist intellectual and jurisprudent, and they have the same criminal and terrorist practices.”  : "There are many factors of difference between them, such as the control of regions and towns, economic gains, funding, aid sharing, and the struggle for positions in the military and other structures that Turkey establishes."

 He points out that there is: "a clear desire by Al-Nusra and what it has been doing for some time to create structures that resemble the state, and this needs to be singled out by decision and control, and to impose itself as a single force that holds and administers these areas."

Conflicts as an escape gate for Turkey from understandings with Russia

 Shabib explains that it is in Turkey's interest to "maintain the atmosphere of tension and conflicts for various reasons," and he explains: "The parties' need for Turkish protection and care, facilitated the tightening of the Turkish grip on them, control and management."  He shows that the clashes and conflicts "help Turkey to evade for a longer period of implementing the understandings it concluded with Russia regarding the separation of terrorist groups and their expulsion from the northern region, but for nearly three years it has been procrastinating and evading on the pretext that some groups are out of control."

 It is estimated that: "The clashes that took place in the Afrin region come within the Turkish arrangements to involve Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham widely in the new aggression that it plans to implement on Syrian soil, as a prelude to the great role that Turkey draws for it in managing the buffer zone to control it and prepare the conditions in it to be an annex.  Turkey is ready to swallow it up and take it in at the right time."

 Do conflicts between organizations and groups constitute an obstacle to Turkish plans?

 Shabib explains, "It is true that some of the organizations participating in the fighting are affiliated with the so-called "National Army" that Turkey uses as a spearhead in any aggression against it, but such conflicts cannot thwart Erdogan's plans."

 Shabib continued his speech, saying: "In light of the Turkish understanding of the magnitude of the resistance that awaits it following the great preparations of the SDF and the open prospects for coordination with the Damascus government to confront the aggression, Turkey does not bet on small organizations, but rather on the great strength and capabilities of Jabhat al-Nusra in order to avoid large losses among the Turkish soldiers and its reflection on the  The internal Turkish opinion, especially in light of the Turkish internal situation, which is on the eve of the elections.

 Shabibib asserts that "Erdogan will not retreat from his ambitions and ambitions unless he is forced, and that the so-called safe zone is part of a dangerous neo-Ottoman colonial settlement project that extends beyond Syria and Iraq and even to the Caucasus and China."

 Shabib hopes that: "The concerned countries and the international community will realize its dangerous dimensions and not be subject to Erdogan's blackmail, who believes that the Ukrainian war has given him the golden opportunity to make a big leap in this project."

 Shabib explains that "Erdogan needs a Russian or American green light or a blind eye on both sides, and this does not seem possible or available at the present time, and there is no final red light from one of the two countries, and therefore there is room for a game of blackmail and bargains that unfortunately take place on our land and at our expense.  He stressed: "This requires the utmost levels of awareness and national responsibility from all Syrian parties, especially the SDF, the government, and all national political and societal forces to jointly confront and thwart these aggressive Erdogan plans."



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