[Marxism] Reviewing the Turkey–HTS Relationship (Sultan Al Kanj, Chatham House)

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 9 23:32:16 MDT 2019


"Relations between Turkey and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) have fluctuated depending on changes in the stance of HTS along with developments in the region and on the battlefield in Syria. They have also depended on Turkey’s shifting position and its alliances with Western countries and Russia, especially after the US backed Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIS, a move seen by Turkey as amounting to a coalition with its enemies....

"Hostility between HTS and Turkey has turned into a form of peer-to-peer coordination. This was clear when HTS allowed Turkish patrols to enter territories under its control and protected Turkish observation points in northern Syria, despite previously expressing disapproval at their presence.

"This nascent coordination turned into wide-ranging cooperation, with HTS exclusively facilitating Turkish logistics and military operations in the north....

"Turkey sees HTS as a card it could one day play in its war against the Kurds. The group’s emir, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, has given his blessing to any future Turkish operation targeting the area east of the Euphrates."

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