Differences growing between Tehran, Ankara
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 1
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
It is clear for everyone that the military operation in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS) will not end soon. And at the same time no one can guarantee that in case of a complete elimination of the IS, the "bloody caliphate" will not be replaced by another terrorist organization.
Let's recall that after the elimination of the Al Qaeda's leader, international community believed that the fight against the global terrorism, codenamed "radical Islam", was over. But they were wrong...
The policies pursued by heads of those countries where terrorism dominates today are aimed at splitting society. The conflict of interests among such countries as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey in Syria and Iraq gives grounds to assert that everything happening in the region is the beginning of a big chaos.
Despite the close economic relations between Iran and Turkey, they are carrying out diametrically opposite policies in the region. While Tehran is supporting the Syrian authorities, Ankara considers the same authorities as the main cause of all the troubles. And the Syrian government is helping Iran to support the Hezbollah.
From political point of view, Iran and Turkey are partially united in the region in the fight against the IS, as these two countries have their own positions and strategies in fighting that terrorist organization.
Unlike Iran, Turkey, conducting military air operations against the "Islamic State" has in fact joined the coalition forces.
In turn, Iran limits itself to the defense of Shiite Muslim shrines in Iraq, which is also important. After all, any terrorist attack on these holy sites could result in very serious consequences in the Muslim world.
Against the background of the military operations, which are carried out by the Turkish Air Force, Ankara issued a statement that one of the goals of Turkey is to deploy the forces of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the territory of the country liberated from the ISIS militants.
Syria assessed this statement of the Turkish authorities as yet another attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of Damascus.
At the same time, the Syrian president issued a statement that Damascus has all the necessary weapons, but it doesn't have regular army any more.
At the moment Turkey, which is one of the important players in the fight against the ISIS, has two main allies. In the first place it is the FSA, which became exhausted in the fight against the regular army, "Hezbollah" and ISIS. Units of "Peshmerga" are another ally of Turkey.
The idea of deployment of the FSA on the Syrian territories liberated from the militants of the "Islamic State" means that armed clashes on the north will not end. If before ISIS and Syrian Kurds fought on these areas, the FSA, "Hezbollah" and Syrian Kurds will have to fight against each other after the deployment of Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu