Arab newspapers this week referred to the escalation in the demilitarized zone, as well as the American crowds in the Middle East, and to the repercussions of the re-election in Istanbul, Turkey.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: «deal under fire» between Moscow and Ankara: Is the north of Aleppo for south of Idlib?
"The signs of the completion of a Russian-Turkish swap deal under the cover of fire from both sides included the incursion of Ankara and its Syrian allies in the Kurdish enclave north of Aleppo," the newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported, "for expansion of Moscow and its Syrian and Iranian allies in southern Idlib within the "North Triangle" northwest of Syria."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Signs of tension between Ankara and Damascus in Idlib
The same newspaper revealed that there is real tension between Russia, the Syrian regime's ally on the one hand, and Turkey on the other hand in Idlib, "Yesterday signs of tension between Ankara and Damascus appeared in Idlib when the Turkish Defense Minister Khulosi Akar demanded the Syrian regime forces to withdraw to the lines that were before the attack in the north of Hama and west of Idlib.
Akar said the troops should stop attacks in northwestern Syria and return to the areas of the Sochi agreement between Russia and Turkey in Sept. 17.
Al-Arab: Damascus plans to restore strategic roads in the north of the country
"Syrian opposition fighters backed by Turkey said on Monday that Moscow and its ally the Syrian government were trying control two main roads in the last pocket they control in the northwest in an effort to boost the Syrian economy, which has been affected by sanctions."
Taking control of these areas will make the Syrian government forces close to regaining control of 2 strategic roads from Idlib to Hama and Lattakia on the Mediterranean coast, two of Syria's most important vital arteries before the war.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Sudan's "movement" threatens with a general civil disobedience
On the Sudanese issue, Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said: "The alliance of« Freedom and Change», which leads the Sudanese revolutionary movement, threatened with a general civil disobedience and expressed its disappointment over the response by the Transitional Military Council to the constitutional document presented earlier.
"Khaled Omar Yussef, one of the leaders of Freedom and Change, said yesterday that the military council's response ignored the issue of determining the powers of the transitional government and moved on to make informal observations that have nothing to do with the case including developing the sit-in before the army leadership into a civil disobedience all over the country, Yussef accused the military council of the lack of seriousness in the transfer of power to civilians, and resort to what he called "the method of negotiation through press conferences."
Al-Arab: Algeria is on the threshold of solving the political blockage
As for the Algerian protests, Al-Arab newspaper said, "Recent developments in Algeria have pushed the political blockage that has been in place for more than two months, following the arrests of the most powerful symbols of the regime of former President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika and the popular movement in Algeria achieved new gains after the rapid developments in the past few hours. The second speech of interim president Abdel Kader Ben Saleh before the public opinion following the arrests of the biggest symbols of the Bouteflika regime was positive, showing his support to the political demands raised since 22nd February by the Algerian street. "
Al-Arab: Features of a new military track looming in Hodeidah
Yemeni newspaper quoted Arab political sources on the receipt of the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith during his recent visit to Riyadh and his meeting with the leadership of the Arab Alliance and the Yemeni government strong signs of impatience of Houthi intransigence, and disavowing the implementation of the redeployment plan in Hodeidah, sources told "al-Arab", the session of the UN Security Council scheduled to be held mid-month will be a decisive turning point in the course of the Yemeni crisis, and may be followed by the resumption of military confrontations in Hodeidah and announce the collapse of Swedish agreements signed between the Yemeni government and the Houthis.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Washington moves its fleet «to deter Iran and its proxies»
On Iran, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported yesterday in Washington that orders had been issued to move the US military fleet of the USS Abraham Lincoln and bombers to "deter Iran and its proxies" in the region.
"The White House said the orders were issued after evidence was received that Iran or its allies had moved naval and land forces, and may be preparing to attack US forces, the newspaper quoted the" New York Times "US officials that the movement of US military hardware came after new Iranian threats against American troops in Iraq. "
Al-Arab: Opposition rallied in Istanbul to defeat Erdogan again
"Akram Emamoglu, whose victory in the Istanbul's municipal elections has been deactivated this week, said he would lead a" revolution "for democracy after the cancellation of the results of the first controversial ballot and setting a new election date next month."
"The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) did not think that canceling Istanbul election's results would negatively reflect on the election, where calls have arisen to reconsider all the Turkish elections. The two opposition People's Republic and the Good Parties requested the High Commission for Elections to re-elect in local districts of Istanbul, which took place at the end of last March."