Ankara, Moscow, Tehran ousting US from Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The start of Turkish military operations in Syria against the militants of the "Islamic State" terrorist organization means that Turkey received a guarantee of support for these operations.
Earlier, former Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said that Ankara may launch military operations in Syria, but Turkey has no guarantees that the Arab countries will support it in the fight against terrorism. It is known that, except for Saudi Arabia, no Arab country has been an active player in the events taking place in Syria.
If to consider the last diplomatic move of Turkish officials, namely visits to Russia and Iran, one can say that Ankara has received the expected support from these countries.
It means that Turkey, Iran and Russia are ousting the US and Western countries from Syria, which is an obvious result of the rapprochement with Iran, as well as repair of relations with Russia.
As a matter of fact, since the first day of accumulation of radical Islamists in Syria, it was clear that only three states can put an end to this "virus".
However, prior to the start of military operations in Syria by Turkey many radical changes occurred in the region.
While Iran and Russia are actively engaged in the fight against the IS in Syria, Syrian Air Force attacked for the first time the positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey considers as the Syrian wings of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in the Al-Hasakah region.
As it is known, the presence of PYD and YPG in Turkey is a real threat to the territorial integrity of Syria, as well as Iran and Turkey, since these organizations have repeatedly stated there intention to create a new “Kurdish state” in Syria.
It should be recalled that US officials said before that the PYD in Syria is not a terrorist organization and it is an ally of the US in the region. After that, US Ambassador to Turkey John Bass was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Moreover, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said previously that the US must decide who is its ally - Turkey, or the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria that he called a terrorist organization.
Ankara, Iran and Russia issued a statement that the territorial integrity of Syria is a priority for them amid bombing of YPG and PYD positions in Syria.
US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Ankara Aug. 24 to discuss the extradition of Fethullah Gulen to Turkey. But as it is known the extradition of Gulen, who is accused of involvement in the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, will not be so relevant for Turkey and the US amid the military operations in Syria.
While speaking about the military coup attempt in Turkey, one must not exclude that in reality, the purpose of a military coup attempt was to divert Ankara’s attention from the situation in connection with the intentions to establish the "Kurdish state" in the north of Syria.
The Turkish pro-government media openly report about the US support for not only YPG, PYD but also the IS.
It is too early to talk about the consequences of Turkish military operations in Syria against the IS, but Turkey has risks in this matter. Of course, first of all, there is a threat of new terrorist attacks in Turkey.
The Turkish authorities do not exclude such a situation and as a result, the security measures have been strengthened in the country.