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Where will Turkey turn for help?
 
10/20/2020
 

Turkey and Syria Trade Blows in Syrian Crisis Escalation

Where will Turkey turn for help?

BY WARREN REINSCH

The Syrian crisis intensified over the last two weeks when Syria and Turkey traded blows in northwestern Syria. The back-and-forth bombardments cost troops on both sides. As Russia continues to support Syria in the conflict, the question arises: Where will Turkey turn for help?

Shelling by the Syrian Army against the northwestern Idlib province this month killed 13 Turkish military personnel, according to several sources. On February 10, Turkey retaliated by firing on 115 Syrian government targets, destroying 101 of them, including three tanks, two mortar positions and one helicopter, according to Turkey’s Ministry of Defense. The Turkish retaliation killed at least 51 Syrian soldiers.

"The incidents are among the most serious confrontations between Turkish and Syrian troops in nearly nine years of conflict in Syria," Reuters reported. "Turkey has said it will drive back Syrian forces if they do not pull back by the end of this month."

 
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