Turkey is not going to move out northwestern Syrian posts on the pretext that it wants to monitor a cease-fire. Turkish soldiers have been asked to act in case of hostility.
Turkish Defense chief Hulusi Akar has already been to the site for inspection, making Ankara’s intent clear. Akar has declared that Ankara has no intent of moving away from its 12 posts after Russia and Iran backed Assad regime has intensified its attacks in the Idlib province.
Turkey is also preparing to send its troops to Libya post-signing two agreements with the legitimate government. The insecurity about American presence lurks in Ankara too.
It is trying to find a foothold of power in the world’s two richest beds of natural gas and oil reserves, Libya and Syria. While the US had withdrawn troops in the end of October from the northwestern borders of Syria, it left Ankara insecure over its announcement of setting up observatory posts. America justified it as its own apprehensions of the lack of a possibility of peace descending the place as a hate war between Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continues to rage.
Turkey, on its part, has also felt let down and cheated by Washington who has continued to support Kurdish forces. Off the Kurdish force, the PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey. Washington now eyes the oil reserves near the northwestern border and the observatory posts for peacekeeping are a simple eyewash.
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