Turkey has not intent to move out of Syria- this was made clear by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who spoke to the media in Lebanon recently stating openly that the Syrian regime forces might have come closer to the area, but Turkey has its own observatory post, South of Idlib province and no intents of giving it up.
Substantiating on the fact that Turkey has full intentions of getting a piece of the lucrative Syrian pie, Cavusoglu further added that “the Turkish forces are not isolated in Morek, where their largest observation post is based. This post is not encircled, and no one can isolate it. The Syrian regime forces are leading activities in the vicinity of this post.”
Turkey has had to deal with an immigrant exodus from Syria, something that it was not prepared for, when it decided to take control of Syria, in the bid to overthrow Assad. But the dream is to become a reality, as the US has withdrawn support from Syria and left Turkey to handle all the mess civil war within the region has created.
While Ankara showed reluctance to work with Washington in the fight against Daesh in Syria, US found a new ray of hope as it started to develop a partnership with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
That was again something that Ankara was not prepared for and now has its hands full fighting regional groups as well as Assad forces.
Turkey then had the problem of Syrian refugees to handle. For this, it will look at resettling them in regions taken from the YPG if the safe zone agreement comes through.
It is most interested in the stretch that makes for Syria’s largest reserves of oil and gas. Meanwhile, Cavusoglu is also trying to gather support from neighboring regions likes Lebanon, Jordon, and Iraq as well as the international community to ensure their hidden agenda does not give way to their show of concern for the displaced Syrian refugees that have spread themselves amongst these nations. Everything said and done, Turkey is here to stay in Syria and will not desert its strategic post that is near Idlib city and Hama province.