Turkish efforts to seize northern Syria.
The recent events in the Syrian north show the clear Turkish intention to seize the lands of northern Syria and annex it to the Turkish state, similar to what happened in the Syrian Iskenderun brigade occupied by it since 1939.
Throughout the years of its intervention in the Syrian war, Turkey relies on following a clear Turkish policy in the areas under its control and the control of the armed factions affiliated with it, starting with imposing its currency and curriculum, and circulating the issuance of the “local councils” decisions in the Turkish language, through the launch of Turkish names on the streets of cities, and the villages and towns it controls, to the point of forcing the people to contract with the Turkish companies exclusively with regard to various services.
Sources of the Syrian Documentation Center reported a new aspect of the Turkish trend to consolidate its presence in the Syrian territories under its control, which has been witnessed recently in these areas in terms of massive military movements aimed at establishing illegal military bases and observation points, the abundance of which has become evident.
The sources believe that those Turkish reinforcements and the densely increasing deployment in northern Syria have a direct purpose, which is the military confrontation.
Noting the imbalance between the proportion of these military buildups and the relatively weak military operations, another aspect emerges, which is the mobilization and stabilization of military force in preparation of announcing the annexation of northern Syria to Turkey, and to counter the reaction of the Syrian state on this matter.
It has been observed during the past months, the successive withdrawals of the illegal Turkish observation points from the countryside of Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib, in a similar way to the regrouping of the forces that were trapped in the areas that the Syrian state regained control over, in return for the clear increase in the number of observation points in the areas controlled by the militants in Idlib and the northern countryside of Aleppo.
The matter isn’t limited to the observation points only, but also includes the illegal bases that are being set up, noting that the last bases are currently being worked on in the “Jarablus” area in the countryside of Aleppo.
As for the internal living conditions in the areas under Turkish control, examples abound about the Turkification policy that is being followed there, in continuous attempts to change the demographic nature and wipe out the Syrian culture and civilization from it, as Afrin is a good example of this.
Since its control of Afrin, Turkey has followed an approach based on the expulsion of the indigenous population and the settlement of the armed men affiliated with it in their place, with a continuous pursuit of every party opposing it, in conjunction with imposing its own laws on the people dealing in the Syrian pound and introducing Turkish companies into the market and opening schools with an education a turkish system and other other styles.
The Turkish method has also developed in the countryside of Aleppo to the point of opening universities and educational institutes affiliated with the Turkish universities, the last of which was last month for a faculty of human medicine in the town of Al-Rai, in which a higher institute for health sciences had also been opened, in addition to opening 3 other colleges in 2019 such as the College of Education in Afrin, the College of Administrative and Economic Sciences in Al-Bab, and the College of Islamic Sciences in Azaz.
It’s noteworthy that the Turkish policy pursued in northern Syria isn’t limited to the previous aspects only, but also affects various other aspects of living, so the people are forced to contract with Turkish electricity and water companies, and only the Turkish goods are allowed to be traded, in addition to limiting monetary dealings in Turkish lira, and the existing “local councils” have no decision except by Turkey and based
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on their interests and in order to achieve their goal of wiping out the Syrian character from those areas.