Operation Peace Spring demonstrates Turkey's power
The situation in Turkey’s North has been exacerbated by conflicts that started in the Middle East. Millions of Syrians turned to Turkey as a result of the war in Syria. In spite of all this, Turkey could not keep quiet about what was happening near its borders. As the Kurdish terrorist groups in northern Syria have increasingly become a threat to Turkey. This issue, of course, has been repeatedly brought to the attention of the world states by the Turkish president. Despite the fact that Ankara has repeatedly made it clear, the allied states have welcomed it very calmly. However, as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Oct. 9, Turkish troops along with the Syrian National Army have begun Operation Peace Spring against the PKK/YPG and ISIL terrorists in northern Syria. The total number of terrorists killed since the start of the anti-terror campaign now stands at 277. The Operation is underway. Does Turkey's initiation of such an operation characterize the power of the country?
Political scientist Tofig Abbasov said the region's problems are multifaceted and complex. "At least since 2009-2010, the region has undergone complex processes. Due to the secret service plans of some countries, all the terrorist forces in the world are deployed in Syria and Iraq. Clearly, the main goal here was to radically change the political map and create new states in the Middle East. One of those plans was to create a "Kurdish state". Turkey, which was among the countries that wanted to prevent this, first acted with the US. But then it became clear that the intentions of the allied countries were completely different and conflicting with each other. It is no coincidence that the Eastern Coalition was created when some countries formed a Western Coalition. The Eastern Coalition included Russia, Iran, Iraq, the legitimate government of Syria, and so on. They devastated all plans. Turkey tries to balance the situation, cleanse terrorist groups, and create a secure, stable regime in the region, especially along the southern borders. But this is a very difficult issue,” the political scientist noted.
He said that Turkey is a really strong country and is ranked 5th in NATO rankings for its military potential. "This is a very strong indicator. But the problem is that a full-scale military campaign in northern Syria is impossible. It is clear that the Kurdish militants will be involved in the "guerrilla war" and there will be many who support them. These will be Israel, the US, as well as the European countries, where many Kurdish immigrant groups and organizations are operating. They support these organizations and groups and provide them with financial support. I think that Turkey's strength in this matter may not be so effective. In addition, Turkish diplomacy has great potential for maneuvering. In this sense, I believe that if gentle diplomacy is to be launched along with the military segment, then Turkey will end this operation as soon as possible. However, experience shows that this is a very difficult issue. It is easy to start a war, but it is much more difficult to end it,” Abbasov stressed.
According to the chairman of the Baku Club of Political Scientists Zaur Mammadov, Turkey has long been facing Kurdish terrorism. "Turkish President has repeatedly appealed to Bashar al-Assad, Russia, the US and, the European Union to take action. The north of Syria is really a threat to Turkey's national security. But, unfortunately, during all these years, the Western coalition provided not only weapons to Kurdish terrorists but also political support instead of being with Turkey. In that case, President Erdogan had no other choice. That's why we see the Turkish army in northern Syria today," he said.
Mammadov said that the statements made by the UN and NATO secretaries, as well as individual European countries, are regrettable. "But they did not know that Turkey would not give up and would definitely clear the terrorists from Syria's north. The Kurds, in this sense, have made a lot of noise. But in fact, the greater northeastern part of Syria is in the hands of the Kurds and Turkey does not intend to purge or expel them. The main goal of Turkey is to fight against the Kurdish terrorist groups within 500 kilometers of the border, which is entirely Erdogan's right. The US and Russia have no choice but to support Turkey in this regard. The Turkish army is already in the north of Syria, and Moscow is following the situation quietly. Of course, prior to the operation, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Putin. Also, the Turkish president had made a call to Trump, and the US president quietly pulled his troops out of that area and actually lit a green light on Turkey,” said the expert.