[Marxism] Syria: Is the Reactionary Sochi Deal Collapsing?

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 10 17:54:45 MST 2019

The rapid takeover of Idlib province by HTS may be the result of a deal between Turkey and Russia, according to one commentator cited by Kurdistan 24:


'According to Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Research Fellow who specializes in Syria at the Forum for Regional Thinking, an Israeli think-tank,the HTS takeover makes it easier for Russia and Damascus to justify an assault on the province....

'The HTS’ swift takeover of Idlib from Turkish-backed groups has surprised many on the ground.

' “It is a mystery to me what Ankara is thinking. They invested heavily in supporting Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham, and the National Liberation Front, only to stand idly by and see them wiped out by HTS,” Tsurkov said.

'Some Turkish-backed rebel groups and civilians believe that Ankara may have allowed the “HTS to take over Idlib to justify [a] regime offensive on the area in return for Russian permission to take Manbij and Kurdish areas,” she added.''

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