Arab newspapers last week touched upon the so-called buffer zone and tension in the area of "De-escalation".
Ankara, Washington begin implementing the "vague" buffer zone agreement
On the Syrian issue, the Arab press dealt with the US-Turkish agreement on the so-called buffer zone "Turkey and the United States have begun installing infrastructure for a joint operations center, as part of an agreement between the parties to establish a safe area in northern Syria."
"There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the details of the agreement amid questions about whether the United States has agreed to the Turkish request that the promised safe area be between 30 and 40 kilometers deep inside Syrian territory, which if achieved would mean the deployment of Turkish forces in areas under the control of the Autonomous Administration that The Kurds have worked to establish it for years. "
The Adviser to the General Council for the Autonomous Administration of North and East of Syria said that" The Turkish government cannot be trusted, they will continue to make arguments, and the area being talked about, whether it is 5 kilometers or more, will cause demographic change.”
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: The regime begins with the “dismemberment” of Idlib
Regarding the advance of regime forces in the area of De-escalation, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian air cover, started to" dismember "Idlib province after seizing a strategic town in the northwest of the country.
Since the end of April, Idlib and parts of neighboring provinces have been subjected to almost daily bombardments by Syrian and Russian planes, in parallel with fierce battles that have centered in recent weeks in the northern countryside of Hama, adjacent to southern Idlib.
He said «Syrian Observatory for Human Rights», that the regime forces took control at dawn on Sunday, the town of al-Habeit in the southern countryside of Idlib «after fierce battles» with factions and organizations. The takeover of the town, which has been under faction control since 2012, followed dozens of airstrikes by regime forces and Russia. The «Observatory» reported «massive destruction caused to town due to intensification of shelling and raids» since Saturday.
Al-Arab: Khan Sheikhoun Damascus Gate to impose a new equation in Idlib
Al-Arab newspaper said, "Syrian government forces are making progress towards the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun, which is under the control of militant and jihadist factions. Restoring the region would mean a decisive turn not only on the ground but also politically.
The army is seeking to take control of Khan Sheikhoun in an attempt to separate the southern countryside of Idlib from the northern countryside of Hama, where there are militant and Islamic factions, most notably Jaish al-Izzah. This scenario of dividing the battle areas into cantons was used in the battle of Eastern al-Ghouta near Damascus and before Aleppo.
In addition to being the largest city in the southern countryside of Idlib, part of Khan Sheikhoun and neighboring towns in Idlib pass part of a strategic highway, analysts say Damascus wants to complete its control.
The road considers a vital artery linking the most prominent cities under government control from Aleppo in the north, passing Hama and Homs in the middle, then Damascus to Nasib border crossing with Jordan.
Noar Oliver, a researcher at the Omran Center for Studies, said Damascus and Moscow "will not hesitate to control everything you will be able to bite off" in Idlib.
"The regime's forces seek, through the great Russian support, not only to open the international road, but to impose a new reality on the region and the factions and their ally Turkey, and use it as a tool or weapon in any current or future negotiation process."