After success in Libya, Turkey prepares to resume fighting with Russia in Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – According to the Pan-Arab newspaper Al-Rai al-Yum, the Turkish army is deploying an air defense system in the territories of the Syrian province of Idlib controlled by it, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Anti-aircraft power is concentrated in the area of the Taftanaz air base. MIM-23 Hawk systems are deployed here.
The publication notes that this step indicates the preparation of Ankara for the resumption of hostilities in northern Syria. Turkey is trying to nullify Russian-Syrian air superiority without engaging its own aircraft in Syrian airspace.
The reason for the resumption of hostilities should be sought in Libya, where the Russian-backed Libyan National Army [LNA] is defeated by the government forces behind Turkey.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported from the region of Tripoli to the east of Libya, about 1,600 fighters of the “private military company Wagner” were hastily evacuated. For their transfer involved Russian transport aircraft.
We add that the organization The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR] speaks about the strengthening of the Turkish group in Syria. According to her, a new military convoy of dozens of vehicles entered the de-escalation zone from Turkey.
In total, from February 2, Turkey sent 6845 units of military equipment to Syria, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, radar installations, armored patrol vehicles, and supply trucks. The number of the Turkish group has been increased to 10,400 troops.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.