23 Nov 2022 4:02 p.m

The situation in northern Syria seems to be escalating. Turkey carried out a drone strike on a military base shared by US occupiers and Kurdish fighters. Washington and Moscow warned Ankara to exercise restraint.

Since Sunday, Turkey has been flying airstrikes on positions of Kurdish militias in Syria and Iraq, which the Turkish government blames for an attack on November 13 in the center of Istanbul. Targets are attacked in regions that are under the control of the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG. The situation is currently escalating. On Tuesday, a military base used by US troops and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by them was attacked by a Turkish drone PressTV reported. So far there has been no comment from the US side.

Russia warned the government in Ankara to exercise restraint on Tuesday. “We hope to be able to convince our Turkish partners to refrain from excessive use of force on Syrian territory despite everything,” said Russian President Alexander Lavrentiev’s representative for Syria in the Kazakh capital Astana. There, new talks took place in the so-called Astana format with Russia, Turkey and Iran. “Moscow believes that the increasing activities of terrorist groups in Syria must be addressed,” the Russian official said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov also warned Turkey against “destabilizing the situation”. The US State Department demanded a “de-escalation” from Ankara. “We call for de-escalation in Syria to protect civilians and support the common goal of defeating Islamic State,” said Ned Price, spokesman for the US State Department.

President Erdoğan is now talking about a ground offensive. There is no question that one is not limited to air operations, he said on Tuesday. Turkey’s president vowed to launch fourth invasion of Syria “soon”.

The latest military operation is Turkey’s fifth in northern Syria. As a result of the military operations, the Turkish army is occupying areas near the border in Syria and is also cooperating with Islamist terrorist groups.

Sinem Adar, Turkey expert at the Berlin Science and Politics Foundation, which is close to the government, does not believe that Turkey will go it alone. She points in conversation with the Deutsche Welle (DW) pointed out that the US consulate in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, had called on its citizens to leave the affected areas two days before the Turkish offensive.

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