This week, the Arab newspapers touched upon the repercussion of the failure of Astana and the escalation in the areas of the so-called demilitarized zone, as well as the disputes between Erdogan and his old comrades.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Astana meeting failed to restore "constitutionalism" to Geneva and escalation to Idlib
In this regard, al-Sharq al-Awsat said, "After the failure of the Astana meeting between the three guarantors in the Kazakh capital two days ago, the path of forming the Syrian Constitutional Committee and the political settlement returns to Geneva under the auspices of UN envoy Geir Pedersen, coinciding with the return of Russian bombing, opposition attacks, and Turkish patrols to Idlib in northwestern Syria."
Al-Khaleej: Syrian-Russian escalation paves the way to break into Idlib
"The Syrian army forces, supported by Russian air strikes, has escalated its military operations in the countryside of Idlib and Hama on Saturday, in preparation for the invasion of Idlib, according to sources in the Syrian opposition, while the United Nations spoke about the displacement of some 140 thousand people in Idlib province and its surroundings since February, coinciding with the start of escalation in the region."
In a related development, the Syrian Observatory said that the Russian forces brought military and engineering vehicles as well as logistical equipment to the western countryside of Hama, and the Government forces have brought other reinforcements towards the countryside of Hama near the countryside of Idlib, which may indicate a broader military operation."
Al-Sharaq al-Awsat: The most violent barrels on Idlib and signs of understanding east of the Euphrates
Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper also said that "Syrian forces bombed on Saturday the city of Idlib and its countryside with about 160 barrels of explosives and shells in the most violent raids on areas under the agreement of Russia-Turkey since 15 months, in conjunction with news of the proximity of understanding between Washington and Ankara on the« buffer zone» in the east of the Euphrates.'
Al-Hayat: The leader of the «Daesh» has appeared after 5 years and threatened of a «battle of attrition»
Al-Hayat, in turn, referred to the appearance of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, five years after his first appearance, and said, "The leader of Daesh organization «Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi» announced that his gunmen are engaged in a "battle of attrition," threatening to avenge for Daesh dead and prisoners.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Erdogan's old comrades ... his new opponents
Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faces new rivals; his old comrades in the leadership of his ruling party, the Justice and Development Party. This confrontation accelerated the party's loss of major cities in the municipal elections held on March 31 last
In a tone that is not without threat, Erdogan pledged to "hold accountable any member of his party trying to undermine him." He stressed that "his party will not bow down to what he called the poisonous arrows of opportunists," in a reference to his former comrades Abdullah Gul, Ahmed Dawood Oglu, and a number of other leaders. Erdogan's remarks came after a few days of harsh and "unexpected" criticism by Dawood Oglu, blaming him for the deterioration of the party. The former prime minister also denounced the party's economic policies, the restrictions it imposed on the media outlets, and the damage it said was the separation of powers and institutions."