Dr. Nasser Zuhair, a professor of international relations and expert on European affairs, and Youssef Abdulqader, a counterterrorism researcher, made special statements to North-Press on their perspective regarding the situation in northeastern Syria, the file of the Islamic State (ISIS) militants and the stance of the European countries.
"I think it is just statements and there will be no intention to send troops to this area unless there is a decision to establish an international safe zone with international funding and protection," said Dr. Nasser Zuhair.
While Counterterrorism researcher Youssef Abdulqader believes that "no military intervention from Europe can be done without the consent of the majority of European parties, whether for peacekeeping or anything else. No European country can make this decision alone, it requires comprehensive European approval and specialized committees," he said.
Russia and European countries
Dr. Zuhair says that contacts between European countries and Russia are "ineffective because the Europeans do not trust the Russians in the Syrian issue, the Russians are acting alone, and the main actors today are (Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States), the Europeans have no big role and they are trying to achieve some gains," he said.
The counterterrorism researcher, Youssef Abdelqader, stressed on the importance of Russia's role in Syria and its relationship with the European countries, saying: "Russia is a key factor in all events in Syria, as any European step will have to be shared with Russia. Russia has the ability to stop any European efforts to intervene in the Syrian territories."
Fighting the Islamic State
Professor Zuhair believes that “an international decision has been taken to complete this war, where there are major operations launched to kill al-Baghdadi. As for the escape of ISIS detainees or others, I do not think that this will happen, it is a paper that everyone puts pressure on each other through it."
Deporting ISIS members
Professor Zuhair considers that "Turkey's decision to return ISIS affiliates to the the European countries may not satisfy those countries, because they refused to take them back and were planning to trial them in Iraq, but this is a reality now and there is the U.S., Russian and Turkish pressure, therefore the Europeans will accept the return of some members and their families, not all of them.
On the other hand, Youssef Abdulqadir point of view, counterterrorism researcher, in this regard, was somewhat different. He argued that "the tone of threat and the returning of ISIS members used by Erdogan, will affect European decisions and steps. The researcher denies knowing, how Turkey would deport ISIS members in case of withdrawing the nationalities from them, pointing out that this requires diplomatic work and official coordination between embassies. "These are the formal procedures for deporting anyone," he added.
As for the upcoming NATO summit, according to the researcher Youssef Abdulqadir, "it will be very influential and deterrent to the events that are happening, and attitudes towards what Turkey is doing will be more serious and firm."