On Tuesday morning, the Arab press touched upon the situation in Idlib and the Russian-Turkish differences, in addition to the Corona virus
Al-Arab: Turkish soldiers pay for Erdogan's recklessness
The Arab newspapers, issued this morning, on the Syrian issue, dealt with several topics, most notably the situation in Idlib, and in this context, al-Arab newspaper said: "About 10 Turkish soldiers were killed and injured by the bombing of Russian and Syrian warplanes, Monday, to a Turkish observation post in the area of Khan Safra located in the southern countryside of Idlib, this was a few hours after a Russian bombardment similar to another observation post at Jabal Al-Zawiya.
In recent days, the frequency of shelling of Turkish checkpoints in Idlib province and rural Aleppo appeared to be stepping up pressure on Ankara, which supports militant groups, led by Hayat Tahrer al-Sham (formerly Jabhet al-Nusra), to stop the Syrian army's advance in the area.
In previous talks, Russia has offered Turkey a new alternative agreement to Sochi, which is to establish another 15-kilometer De-escalation zone near the Turkish border, to which Turkish checkpoints are transferred, but Ankara has strongly rejected this proposal, insisting on keeping its points in their places.
HTS is considered major power to Turkey that is betting on it to ensure its influence inside Syria, but Moscow insists that it is the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, and must be terminated.
Observers say that Russia is determined to move forward with the cleansing of Idlib and its environs from the Hayat Tahrer al-Sham, and that its recent repeated targeting of Turkish forces supporting the group, is a message to Ankara that it is ready to go far in imposing its vision in that region, unless Turkey takes its demands into account.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: U.S. Plan to Put Damascus in isolation box
Al-Sharq al-Awsat said "The U.S. strategy toward Syria is taking shape, including a series of military, political, diplomatic, economic and legislative measures to "put the regime in the isolation box for years," with mid-June being the deadline for that, as a result of the implementation of the "Caesar's Law", which imposes severe sanctions on any Syrian or non-Syrian entity that contributes to the reconstruction process.
In June, there will be three dates, during which the campaign of pressure on Damascus will intensify: the first is the implementation of the "Caesar's Law"; the second will be held at a donor conference in Brussels that will renew the conditions for the contribution of reconstruction; and the third is a Western-Russian clash over the extension of the decision to provide humanitarian assistance across the Syrian border.
As the U.S. and Russian tracks approach, Washington has stepped up its reach toward European and regional capitals to "adjust the pace of action" due to political and field developments: the advance of government forces in idlib and Aleppo, the change at the head of the European Commission, and Britain's out of Brexit.
Politically, Washington will continue its relations with the political opposition, reaching out to displaced Syrian refugees to "strengthen the ranks," as well as coordinating with countries supporting the opposition, within the "small group" that includes America, Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt.
As for the military basket of pressures, it includes a number of items, the first: the continuation of the military presence east of the Euphrates by land, the "no-fly" to support Washington's allies in the SDF, preventing government forces from controlling these areas, and depriving them of natural resources, oil, gas and crops. Agriculture and dams for water and energy.
The second is the continued survival of al-Tanf base to cut off the supply route between Tehran and Damascus, provide logistical support for coalition or Israeli operations, and the third: providing intelligence and diplomatic support to Turkey in its areas of influence, confronting government and Russian forces in Idlib, and looking into the possibility of investing in the gap Between Moscow and Ankara due to Idlib.
And fourth: «The blessing of Israeli raids on different areas in Damascus and its vicinity and Syria», because the belief in Washington that "the campaign of pressure and keeping Damascus in the fund gives israel room to launch raids to undermine Iranian impact in Syria."
Al-Bayan: Corona cases in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq
Regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, al-Bayan said: "A number of countries in the Middle East have recorded new cases of Corona virus "COV19" as the focus of the epidemic in Iran increases.
The Omani Ministry of Health announced yesterday that the country has recorded the first two cases of CoV infection. The cases of two Omani's come from Iran were in stable condition.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health said that preliminary tests carried out on arrivals from the Iranian city of Mashhad "resulted in three cases with confirmed results".
The Bahraini Ministry of Health also announced the registration of the first confirmed infection of a Bahraini citizen coming from Iran, "where he was suspected of infection, and the appearance of symptoms of the virus on it and was immediately transferred for treatment and quarantine" in a health center, and the authorities took measures "necessary for those who have contacted the patient".