'Turkish troops may enter Syria in 2 years'

Abdulkadir Selvi, a top political analyst in Turkey, suggested that if Turkey is unable to support allied groups in Syria, it may be forced to send its own troops within 2 years.

'Turkish troops may enter Syria in 2 years'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Abdulkadir Selvi, a political analyst with close ties to the Turkish government, has claimed that within two years Turkish troops may be left with no other choice but to enter Syria.

Writing in Turkey’s Yeni Safak newspaper, Selvi questioned why trucks belonging to the Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) were stopped on their way to the Syrian border last week, whereas before it had never posed a problem.

After questioning whether the police operation on the trucks was somehow related to the Geneva II peace conference, which began on Wednesday, Selvi asked why Turkey would order a raid against its own intelligence operations.

In his column, Selvi stated that in April 2011, when the Syrian civil war was still in its early stages, MIT held a joint meeting with the Turkish Chief of Staff and Foreign Ministry to discuss the situation in its neighbor Syria. He said that in order to control the flow of refugees into Turkey, the three parties agreed to establish safe zones in Syria to which Turkey would send aid. Since then, Turkey has sent hundreds of trucks and has spent $200 million to provide for Syrians displaced in their own country.

However, since the December 17 anti-graft operations that saw the arrest of two dozen ruling AK Party loyalists, Turkish aid trucks entering Syria have been targeted by prosecutors who claim that they are being used to smuggle weapons to Al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria.

Selvi claimed that if these operations against Turkish aid trucks continue and Turkey is left unable to assist allied groups in Syria, within two years the Turkish armed forces may be left with no other choice but to enter Syria themselves, the same way they entered northern Iraq to conduct operations against hostile PKK fighters in the past.

Prosecutors and police officers believed to be followers of US-based religious congregation leader Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet Movement have been accused of setting up a ‘parallel state’ in Turkey and have been targeting individuals and organizations allied to the AK Party government ahead of local elections in March after the two former allies fell out over plans to transform prep schools, from which the movement gains a large bulk of its income, into private schools.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ocak 2014, 12:27