Jebhet al-Nusra instead of Daesh in Syria

At a time when fighting between the regime's forces with Russian support and Jebhet al-Nusra supported by Turkey is intensifying, the warnings are continuing that Jebhet al-Nusra will be replaced by Daesh mercenaries in Syria.

On Monday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the field situations in Syria, in particular the situations in the areas of the so-called demilitarized zone.

Al-Arab: Al-Qaeda's influence in the theater of the Syrian conflict paves the way for a new succession

On the Syrian issue, al-Arab newspaper reported the fears about the replacement of Jebhet al-Nusra by Daesh mercenaries in Syria, and said, "In recent weeks, the Russian-Turkish differences have been exacerbated in the Syrian arena, paving the way for the Sochi agreement to be inked on paper and pushing the military scenario in Idlib to the forefront, which may expose the area to massive humanitarian disaster."

Moscow has warned that so far, Ankara has failed to carry out its promise of getting rid Idlib from Heyat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jebhet al-Nusra) by Turkey, but its influence has expanded.

The situation got more complicated on Saturday after the Syrian opposition officials and armed sources confirmed that Turkey had supplied a group of opposition fighters with new weapons to help them to repel a major offensive launched by Syrian forces backed by Russia.

International reports warn of doubling the growing of al-Qaeda influence in Syria through Heyat Tahrir al-Sham, which may concentrate a new organization of the Caliphate, after collapsing Daesh mercenaries, especially that all field developments come after the General Commander of Heyat Tharir al-Sham Abu Mohammed al-Golani called for the Syrian factions loyal to Ankara to open fighting fronts against the regime's forces.

There have been recent violent clashes between the regime forces on the one hand and Heyat Tahrir al-Sham with the Islamic factions on the other hand in northern countryside of Hama adjacent to the province of Idlib, leaving dozens of deaths on both sides, coinciding with heavy raids.

 Al-Quds al-Arabi: Dozens killed in fierce battles between the Syrian regime and the opposition in the countryside of Hama and Idlib

For its part, al-Quds al-Arabi dealt with the battles in the demilitarized zone, according to the Russian-Turkish expression, and said, "The Russian forces and the regime had launched massive battles, described by some as battles of broking the bone and a hell against the opposition in the north, where the Syrian regime and the local militias took control of the city of Kafar Naboda, which has an important place in the northern countryside of Hama, after a fierce ground offensive and hundreds of air strikes, targeting the region and Idlib surrounding with internationally banned phosphorus bombs.

A senior military source in the operations room of the National Liberation Front, preferred not to be named, told al-Quds al-Arabi that the withdrawal of the revolutionary factions from the town of Kafar Naboda took place after the air and ground alliance of the regime and Russia forces burned the land and launched more than 1,000 air strikes on the region, amid an unprecedented intensity of the shelling, the hovering of 10 warplanes, and the targets of artillery, launchers and missiles. The source said, "Russia equipped for the battle more than any previous battle, and massive huge crowds of soldiers and dozens of vehicles, tanks and armored vehicles were sent to the battles field, and we repel it."

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: The Red Cross is ringing the alarm in north Syria

"Recent attacks in north-western of Syria, one of the most intensive attacks since months, have forced about 200 thousand people to displace, according to the United Nations estimates. Adnan Hezzam, the spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), from his office in al-Hasakah, northeast of Syria said, "The humanitarian situation in Idlib and the countryside of Hama is very bad, especially with the intensification of fighting and fleeing of the civilians from the fierce battles. Furthermore, these developments increased the human suffering in a country where the war displaced some 13 million people; about 6 million are internally displaced people living in Syria, half of them are children, and all of whom need food assistance, shelter and health care."

Al-Arab: Erdogan appreciates Kurds in Istanbul to change behavior towards Abdullah Ocalan

Al-Arab newspaper said, "A number of Kurdish MPs and thousands of prisoners in Turkey ended on Sunday a hunger strike at the invitation of the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, 200 days after the start of the protest, in which the Turkish authorities complied to demands of allowing the Kurdish leader to meet his lawyer."

It added, "Local media reports said that allowing Ocalan to meet with his lawyers could not be separated from the municipal elections in Istanbul, which the ruling Justice and Development Party was trying to restore after the Elections Commission decided to return them after the opposition won."

Observers say that the ruling party seems to have discovered the strength and importance of the Kurdish vote in the recent local elections, which was a major factor in the loss of the AKP to the largest Turkish municipalities, especially Ankara and Istanbul.



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