Turkey threatens to occupy northern Syria, SDF are about to liberate Hajin from IS

As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advance in Hajin town at IS' expense, Turkey has renewed its threats to occupy northeastern Syria, while analysts have warned about a possible confrontation between the United States and Turkey if the latter would launch an attack.


The newspapers issued this week touched upon Turkey's threats to occupy northeastern Syria and the Syrian Democratic Forces' progress in Deir ez-Zor.

Al-Hayat: The Syrian army is shelling the Russian-Turkish truce zones

On the Syrian issue, al-Hayat dealt with the situation in the Turkish-Russian agreement area. It said, "The Syrian army targeted with several shells the areas in the agricultural lands of Morek town in the northern countryside of Hama within the demilitarized zone in conjunction with shelling areas in al-Lattamna town's surrounding in the countryside itself by the armed forces loyal to the regime as part of a series of successive violations of the Russian-Turkish truce zones."

Al-Quds al-Arabi: Ankara threats to attack "the Kurdish units"

For its part, al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper referred to the Turkish threats to launch an aggression against the north-east of Syria. It said, "The Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan raised his threats against the Kurdish units to launch a military operation against them in Manbij and the eastern Euphrates River in northern Syria amid great reinforcements of the Turkish army to the border with Syria in conjunction with reinforcements of the Kurdish units east of the Euphrates, while contacts conducted at the highest level between Washington and Ankara."

Al-Arabs: US veto in East Euphrates embarrassed Erdogan

The statements of the Turkish President Recap Teyyip Erdogan showed on Friday a retreat in terms of how to deal with the situation east of the Euphrates after two days of looming for a military operation in a few days on the area under the control of Kurdish Units.

Later, the Turkish presidency revealed that a telephone conversation between the Turkish president and his US counterpart dealt with the situation of the Syrian north, amid speculations that Donald Trump had explained to Erdogan that there is no possibility for any escalation in eastern Euphrates.

The observers pointed out that the two benefiting parties if Erdogan ventured into this war are Russia and Iran that the collapse of the Turkish-American relations is in favor of them.

Many say that Turkey would not dare to wage a war under a US veto because it knew that the cost would be high. Erdogan's comments on Wednesday were only a touch of Washington's pulse, and the response reached soon.

Al-Hayat: The Syrian Democratic Forces are about to control Hajin town

The Arab newspapers also drew attention to the military campaign of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir ez-Zor, and al-Hayat newspaper quoted from the spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces campaign in Deir ez-Zor Lilawa al-Abedullah saying, "Military operations continue ... Our forces are advancing with violent clashes ... Hajin will be completely liberated from the hands of mercenaries. " A source in the Kurdish People's Protection Units said that the Syrian Democratic Forces now control Hajin, and that small positions left in Hajin town which would be eliminated within a day or two days.



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