Erdogan Says Turkey Will Risk Everything to Expel Syria From Idlib

Says Syria will be ousted from Turkish posts this week

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised Turkey will risk “all kinds of sacrifices” in its upcoming military conflict with Syria, promising to see Syria ousted from Idlib Province, and not accepting the smallest step back.

Erdogan in particular is focusing on wanting to reclaim military posts in Syrian territory, but it’s clear his war is going to go beyond that, as he’s repeatedly talked of retaking towns for the rebels.

Erdogan has said the offensive is still coming this week, with the goal of having all the posts reconquered by week’s end. That’s very ambitious, particularly with Russia backing Syria. Thousands of Turkish troops are in Idlib in anticipation of this fight.

A lot of this depends on how willing Turkey is to take this fight into a full-scale war, with the risk of Russian involvement looming large. Erdogan certainly suggests Turkey is willing to, but saying that and doing it aren’t necessarily the same thing, and Turkey could risk some diplomatic chips if it aggresses too heavily.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.