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Will Turkey invade Syria?

Tensions rise after Turkish soldier is killed

In the past months, tensions between the Assad regime and Turkey have reached unprecedented levels, as advances made by the regime in Idlib and Aleppo have threatened and even directly attacked Turkish military posts in the area. Most recently, the Turkish defence ministry said a Turkish soldier had been killed in Syria’s Idlib province in a bomb attack by government forces, becoming Turkey’s 16th military death during a month in which talks between Ankara and Moscow have failed to de-escalate a recent spike in the fighting. As highlighted in an earlier article, this has led to the danger of breaking down relations between Turkey and Russia. Turkey has sent thousands of troops and equipment to the region just south of its border to head off the government forces’ campaign driven by Russian air raids. Already hosting some 3.7 million Syrian refugees. In recent days, alarmingly to Assad and his Russian allies, Turkey-backed opposition fighters have recaptured a town in northwestern Syria after clashes with government-allied fighters. Turkish state media and a war monitor reported on Monday that rebels seized the town of Nairab, considered a gateway to the strategic town of Saraqeb, which lies close to a junction between two major highways. The surge in fighting, as the Syrian government tries to retake the country’s last rebel-held province, has created the largest displacement of people in the war’s nine-year history. About 700,000 people have fled their homes in Idlib since December, the United Nations said Tuesday. Many are living in tents near the Turkish border, and there have been recent reports of children freezing to death. As Turkey and the rebels appear to make advances and are countering the regime’s push, Turkey’s army is increasing direct involvement and is increasing the chances of a full-scale offensive into Syria.

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