Contradiction between military leaders and Çavuşoğlu on issue of Idlib

While the Turkish Foreign Minister released statements saying that his country may be carrying out a military operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Turkish Defense Minister Khulosi Akar came out to say that they are determined to cease the fire in Idlib. This contradiction indicates the extent of confusion between the Turkish political and military leadership.


A meeting between Turkish military and intelligence chiefs on Saturday included Defense Minister Khulosi Akar, Chief of Staff Yasar Guler, Commander of the Ground Forces Omit Dondar and Head of the Intelligence Service Hakan Fidan, the Anatolia news agency said in a report on Saturday, and said they were determined to cease fire in Idlib.

It was announced on 17 September last year of the Sochi Agreement, which provides for a ceasefire and a demilitarized zone separating the areas of the Syrian regime and opposition areas in Idlib and its environs between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that his country and Russia might carry out a joint military operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhit al-Nusra in Idlib.)

These statements are clear indication of a contradiction between Turkish military and political leaders over Idlib, and the contradiction stands out between military and intelligence leaders who want a ceasefire and Turkish officials who are determined to launch a military operation against Jabhit al-Nusra in Idlib.



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