Arab newspapers published this morning to the presence of Turkey and Iran in Syria.
Al-Arab Newspaper: Iran and Turkey out of the Syrian game
On the Syrian issue, Al-Arab newspaper touched upon the Turkish and Iranian presence in Syria, saying: "The Syrian arena is witnessing the erosion of new transformations at the level of alliances with expectations that Ankara and Tehran are the biggest losers of these variables, which are likely to accelerate after the end of the municipal elections in Turkey last Sunday. And the Israeli general elections scheduled for next week. "
According to the newspaper, "Russian change in the treatment of the Syrian dilemma is due to several factors, the most important of which is the fulfillment of Astana's goals, as well as the fact that the two parties involved in this process - Turkey and Iran - have become a stumbling block to any progress there, in light of their ambitions that contradict the interests of Russia.
With regard to the Turkish side it became clear that the Sochi agreement signed between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last September on the establishment of a buffer zone in Idlib and its environs was only intended to gain time to establish Ankara's hegemony over that province through Haiet Tahrir al-Sham which consists of terrorist groups led by Jabhat al-Nusra.
In contrast to the agreed upon withdrawal of these groups to the Turkish border, Ankara gave them the green light in December to put its hand on Idlib after the expulsion of the moderate groups as it described.
Turkey is betting that the international community will not accept any military operation launched by the Syrian regime and its ally Russia against the northwestern province, given the embrace of more than 3 million people and what could result from any process of unprecedented displacement.
Ankara also bets on the presence of thousands of fighters who have experienced fighting over the past eight years will push Russia to reconsider its conduct of any operation in Idlib.