Le Figaro: Putin warns that Turkish operation threatens to kick start ISIS revival
Vladimir Putin expressed concerns about the Turkish army’s military operation against Kurdish rebels in northeastern Syria, saying that Ankara’s actions could lead to a revival of the *Islamic State.
At the CIS summit on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concerns about the Turkish army’s military operation against Kurdish rebels in northeastern Syria, saying that Ankara’s actions could lead to a revival of the *Islamic State, Le Figaro reports.
According to the Russian leader, thousands of IS fighters held by Kurds can “scatter” as a result of the Turkish offensive, and this is a “real threat to us.” “Where will they go? Through the territory of Turkey, through other territories? They will go deep into Syria on territories that are not controlled by anyone. And then they will move through Iraq, through other countries of the region,” the president said.
“I'm not sure if the Turkish army can – and how quickly – take control of it,” Le Figaro cites Putin. According to him, CIS countries need to “mobilize the resources of our special services to stop this emerging new threat.”
As Le Figaro correspondent recalls, “thousands of people from the Russian Caucasus and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia joined the ranks of the Islamists in Syria.” Sending its aviation “to help Bashar al-Assad” in 2015, Russia pursued the goal of eliminating them, among other things.
On Wednesday, Turkey launched an attack on the Syrian regions held by the main Kurdish militia, the Self-Defense Forces, which Ankara considers terrorist groups, the publication says. In turn, the West supports the Kurds, as they “stand at the forefront” of its struggle against IS, the author notes.
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