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Syria Civil War: Assad Rages War in Idlib as Turkey Avows Retaliation

An offensive that has barely stopped since the turn of events saw Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan turning his back on Syrian refugees, the Syria civil war is now being raged in the north-west of the region. The only territory that remains outside of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s control. Facing bedlam since Turkey ordered repatriation in July, the refugees are finding hard to survive the griming conditions.

The implication that has further given rise to a wider conflict between Syria-Turkey. Metaphorically, pushing thousands to take shelter in tents on the Turkish border in sub-zero conditions. As many as 700,000 people have fled the Assad regime’s offensive against the opposition held north-west Idlib province since December, the UN informed on Tuesday. And the clashes between the Syrian army and Turkish forces have made the condition fragile than ever before.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said on Tuesday that Damascus would pay a “heavy price” for any future attacks on Turkish Troops. The statement followed deaths of 13 Turkish military personnel in the area last week.

At the helm of the Syria-Turkey conflict lies another infringing idea presented by Erdoğan at the 74th UN General Assembly. In his speech at the assembly he proposed an expanded safe zone to assure safety to as many as 3 million people in the Northern Syria.

“If this safe zone can be declared, we can resettle confidently somewhere between 1 to 2 million refugees. Whether with the US or the coalition forces, Russia and Iran, we can walk shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand so refugees can resettle, saving them from tent camps and container camps.” Adding that he was also looking forward to establishing a corridor with an initial depth of 30km and a length of 480km, which could home up to 2 million refugees. However, the idea has since been billed as a land grab strategy, conflicting with the existence of Syrian Kurds, which the US supports.

And, therefore, the resettlements that Turkey has talked of in order to house Syrians, has instead become a striking point between the nations. Turkey-Syria have since traded artillery fire, while Ankara has sent reinforcements to Turkish observation posts in Idlib, seeking to secure its border. The doctrine behind which is to emanate from bloodshed caused by assault carried out with the help of Russian air power since 2015.

The Syria civil war in its more than nine-year-long history never witnessed neighbors at such extreme odds. The Turkish defense ministry informed that it had “neutralized” 101 Syrian regime troops. “The regime … got what it deserved in Idlib,” Erdoğan said at a televised ceremony in Ankara. “But it is not enough.” He said Turkey’s next steps in Idlib would be revealed publicly on Wednesday.

To top it, two deadly attacks on Turkish positions, killing dozens of Syrian government troops and allied militiamen is making the situation go bad from worse. On Tuesday, a Syrian helicopter was reportedly shot down by rebel forces, killing all on board.

Presently, Turkey is seeking to enforce de-escalation deal for Idlib presented in 2018 by Moscow, a supporter of Assad and Ankara, which backs rebel factions in the region.

Meanwhile, the truce in Syria hasn’t also done any good and Assad’s campaign has powered up since Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, seized control of most of the area last year.

The Assad regime wants to take complete charge of the M4 and M5 highways, linking Damascus to the former economic center of Aleppo and the country’s east to west. And over the last two weeks ground troops have seized dozens of deserted towns and villages.

Turkey on the other hand, has showed that it won’t mellow its stand and make Syrians suffer. The internally displaced people are, therefore, wandering in dire need for help from international communities. The camps and settlements are full of people starving whilst facing the ferocious winter winds. Snowfall in some regions has further de-railed life and Syrian civil war has clearly showed signs of continuing for more than a better while. The UN has already urged to the people for shelter solutions, but the extent of exodus due to Turkey-Syria and Assad’s greed has invited human catastrophe at large.

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