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If you criticize Turkey’s border policy, you are a traitor

13 7 10

Turkey lost two more soldiers in Syria last week. For the sake of what? Is there any justifiable cause that has not been poisoned by nationalism and heroism? Any reason left for unifying the nation? A government that feels responsible for the losses? “Those who die are martyrs,” they say. “Whoever questions this is a traitor.”

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar always goes to the border region with the joint chiefs of staff after a fatal attack and says, “The revenge of our martyrs has been taken.” The Turkish state has shown its strength. It is like a ritual and it has been repeated after this most recent attack.

Who has the revenge been taken out on? It is Idlib in Syria where the Turkish military convoy was attacked. The place was Binnish, in the Kafriya district of Idlib, where Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) shields jihadists via military bases. It is the heart of the major shield. The Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade claimed responsibility for the bombing. This organization is thought to be the screen of al-Qaeda-aligned structures in Idlib that oppose the de-escalation of tensions with Turkish-Russian agreements, trying to sabotage the opening of the M-4 road within this framework, and accuse the jihadist delegation Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) of cooperating with Turkey. This organization had previously claimed responsibility for attacks on Turkish military convoys on March 15 and May 11.

Turkish soldiers are usually shot in Idlib and the TSK revenge is taken at villages around Manbij, Tell Rifat, Ras al-Ayn, and Tell Abyad. In other words, Turkey is indiscriminately hitting Kurdish areas as well as positions held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Manbij Military Council. Sometimes, TSK hits the Syrian army. In recent days, it was Tell Rifat and Maraanaz in northern Aleppo, Manbij villages as well as several places in Tell Abyad, that were among those bombed by the TSK.

Minister Akar also frequently says at border posts that, “Our borders are our honor.” It is the border where armed groups have been easily going in and out since the beginning of the intervention in Syria, and which TSK and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) elements have monopolized since 2016. The border is our honor, but at the same time all kinds of menace have been introduced to neighboring territory from our borders, as well as contributing to the........

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