On Wednesday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the situation in Idlib and the Turkish position there, in addition to the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and the western presence in Iraq.
Al-Arab: Moscow refrains from giving Ankara the ladder to come down from the Idlib "tree"
Al-Arab newspapers published this morning on the Syrian issue dealt with several topics, the most prominent of which was the situation in Idlib, and in this context the Arab newspaper said, "Military and political events are rushing in Syria, to reach its climax on Tuesday after the failure of negotiations between Russia and Turkey to reach an agreement on Idlib governorate, where it insists Ankara withdrew the Syrian army from the areas it had recently taken, and lifted the blockade of Turkish observation observation , which Moscow strongly rejects.
Moscow insists on the necessity of completing the first stage of the Idlib process that the army started last December with remarkable Russian support, whether through consultants on the ground or through the air force, to control two international routes and then move towards the restoration of the entire Idlib and its surroundings in the event that Turkey did not actually move and separate The jihadist groups dominate the "moderate", as stipulated in the Sochi Agreement that took place in 2018.
Analysts say, "Turkey does not seem to give up its demands, and this may end in a confrontation between it and Russia, which on Tuesday demanded an end to attacks on Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib, in a firm message addressed to Ankara and the jihadist groups."
Turkey recently sent huge military reinforcements to the region consisting of hundreds of military vehicles, most of which entered after a week-long exchange of fire between Turkish and Syrian forces, leaving more than 20 people dead on both sides, including eight Turks.
In the context of the ongoing bone-breaking process, the General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces issued a statement later, saying that the army "will continue to respond to Turkish occupation forces' attacks."
Experts say that this position issued by the army would not have been possible without the presence of a Russian green light, which means that the chances of reaching a consensus are diminishing and that the escalation in Idlib is the master of the situation and may end in a direct battle between Russia and Turkey. The question remains here: Will NATO, which Ankara is a member, move if things get out of control?
So far, the alliance has produced only political positions in support of Ankara, as Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed his concern about the "escalation of attacks by the Syrian forces and their ally Russia on the Idlib region," calling them both for an immediate cessation of those attacks.
Analysts consider that the Turkish position seems difficult, because Ankara is now in a position to make it unable to retreat in Idlib, and betting on actual support from its NATO allies is not guaranteed because of divisions within the alliance, and Ankara is one of the perpetrators of it, in addition to the fact that the United States, like other western countries, does not You want to venture into a confrontation with Russia that could spark an all-out conflict.
Analysts believe that Russia will not take the step of conceding and descending first from the tree, and the progress made by the Syrian army by retaking the town of Neirab, east of Idlib, after it was taken over by the Headquarters HTS thanks to a fire cover provided by Turkish forces on Tuesday evening, and before that the army took control of the entire international road linking Aleppo Damascus, known as the "M5", are all indications that Moscow and Damascus are moving forward with the plan to restore Idlib province and its surrounding area, thus removing a strong card from the hand of Ankara.
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Saudi Arabia suspended negotiations due to prevarication of Qatar "
On the Gulf issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "A Gulf diplomat confirmed information about Saudi Arabia stopping negotiations with Qatar to end the boycott, because of the" prevarication and floundering of the Qatari negotiators, "noting that Riyadh has stuck to reaching a solution through a" vision that includes all the countries of the province. "
The diplomatic source told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that "the Qatari negotiators were thwarted and did not seem serious in reaching compromise solutions that dealt with the roots of the crisis, but instead tried to prevaricate to prolong the negotiations", which prompted Riyadh to stop it, even though it was "open from the beginning to End the crisis.
He stressed that Saudi Arabia is adhering to its vision of the solution points, "especially in the points that threaten the national security of the Arab Quartet," noting that it requires "Doha to abandon the dodgers that dominated the performance of its negotiators," before returning to the negotiating table again.
Al-Bayan: NATO is expanding in Iraq, and Washington is expanding for Baghdad to import Iranian gas
On the Iraqi issue, Al-Bayan newspaper said, "NATO is considering increasing its mission in Iraq to reduce the burden on the US-led coalition against the terrorist organization ISIS, at a time when talks between Baghdad and Washington were successful to extend the American exception to import gas from Iran, while the Pentagon announced The number of American military personnel who suffered concussion in the brain as a result of ballistic missiles launched by Iran at Ain al-Assad base in western Iraq in early January increased to 109 soldiers, an increase of 45 soldiers from the outcome announced at the end of last month. "
NATO and the coalition have non-combat missions of "training and advice" aimed at developing Iraqi security forces, but each is suspended due to fears of regional stability after a US drone strike killed a prominent Iranian leader in Baghdad on January 3.
US President Donald Trump has called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to do more in the Middle East, but has not publicly specified what might entail.