For the first time since the beginning of operation «Olive branch» Turkish and Syrian troops engaged in battle. In the Northern province of Aleppo, the Syrian artillery opened fire on Turkish soldiers. Turkey responded with retaliatory fire.
The clash dealt a blow to the so-called Astana process in which a significant portion of Syrian territory was declared a zone of de-escalation, and the maintenance of order it was the duty of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
January 20, Turkey has started in the North of Syria «operation Olive branch». Its purpose was announced the expulsion of Kurdish militias from the border zone. However, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has described Turkey’s actions as aggression, stating that he is ready to give a response.
According to the website «al-Bawaba», a convoy of 100 armored vehicles and cars have crossed the Turkish-Syrian border in the province of Aleppo. Their goal is to reach to the East, the Afrin, which the Turks can’t take two weeks.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani urged Turkey to stop military operations and withdraw its troops from the territory of Syria. He stressed that the reason for the invasion may be only the request of the legitimate government of Syria.