On the 20th of January, the Turkish military in Syria began operation “Olive Branch”. It involved the participation of 72 aircraft, and the very next day infantry units joined the operation. As the Turkish High Command said, 108 out of 113 marked targets in seven points in the city of Afrin have been hit.
Ankara has declared two days ago that Russia and Iran must stop the entry of Syrian troops into Idlib. According to the Turkish minister for foreign affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, president Bashar Al-Assad’s troops are continuing to enter the border territory.
What is more, Çavuşoğlu said that Turkish troops have begun the deployment of a fourth observation post in the largest region of Idlib, which is now under the control of the Syrian opposition.
The recent attempt to attack a Russian Air Force base in Syria with a group of explosively armed drones is nothing else than the testing of a specific US battle doctrine in the field.
Short resume for still unfinished conflict
This article examines a complex of problems related to the resolution of the Syrian conflict in 2017. The fundamental problems and contradictions of all countries and armed groups that have been drawn into the conflict are analysed. Russia’s role in the reconciliation of the hostile parties is examined. Our country’s actions in the Middle East are seen as the realisation of a civilizational, historical mission, which is directed to upholding the balance of power in the world.
President Trump's military has stopped arming its Kurdish partners in Syria — the ones who routed ISIS from its former HQs in Raqqa. The president called the aid "nonsense [that] should have ended a long time ago," the Associated Press reported this weekend, quoting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The decision was announced after a Friday phone chat between Trump and Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
The chiefs of general staff of Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed on measures to enhance cooperation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Moreover, the sides considered practical steps to eradicate the rest of ISIS and Jabhat al Nusra in Syria.
The meeting of Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s Chief of General Staff with his counterparts from Turkey and Iran, General Hulusi Akar and General Mohammad Bagheri respectively, took place in Sochi, Russia.