Turkey’s failure in launching operation drives to escalate attacks – Syrian politician

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – An official of the Future Syria Party in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, eastern Syria, said on Wednesday that Turkey escalated its attacks after its failure of launching a new military operation.

Areas of northeast Syria along the border belt witnessed an unusual military escalation during the past few days represented by Turkish shelling and drone strikes which caused casualties among civilians. 

“Turkey escalated its attacks after it failed to convince the international parties of a new military operation,” head of the Office of the Future Syria Party, Ala’ al-Saeed said.

“Turkey was not able to get an approval to launch a military operation, so it decided to raise the level of the attacks and directly target the civilians in the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) areas,” he added. 

Al-Saeed pointed out that the continuity of the Turkish escalation in the area carries with it a serious danger to the residents.

The politician considered that the Turkish interference in the area has hampered the counter-terrorism efforts done by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Islamic State (ISIS). 

The Future Syria Party was founded on March 27, 2018. Ibrahim al-Qaftan was elected as the president of the party and Hevrin Khalaf was elected as secretary-general.

In 2019, Hevrin Khalaf was assassinated on M4 highway between Raqqa and Hasakah by Ahrar al-Sharqiya, a Turkish-backed armed faction.  

On May 7, 2022, Abd Hamed al-Mehbash was elected as the party’s president succeeding its founder Ibrahim al-Qaftan.

Reporting by Ali al-Saleh