Erdogan announces large-scale military operation in Syria

The Turkish President announced the start of a large-scale military operation in Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially announced that Ankara will launch a military operation in Syria on May 26 in order to gain control over a 30-kilometer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. Probably, the closure of Turkish airspace for Russian military and civilian aircraft flying to Syria is connected with this fact.

According to Recep Erdogan, the Turkish armed forces will launch a military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (a Kurdish military formation) to expand the 30-kilometer security zone in Syria. In fact, Turkey intends to gain control over a significant region. At the same time, Turkey strongly discourages Syrian allies from interfering in the situation, noting that Ankara has enough retaliatory leverage to counteract.

Experts note that if we are really talking about expanding the zone to 30 kilometers, then this creates a threat to Syrian Aleppo, a number of military facilities in northern Syria, and even to the port of Latakia, since in this case, Turkish troops will be only 7 kilometers from the largest port in Syria and will be able to fully control the entry of any ships here.