Turkey building ‘medieval’ mercenary communities in Syria – party official
Turkey is seeking to build up mercenary communities in Syria’s occupied areas, “swept by mess and anarchy and medieval ideas that aim to destroy life”, said Mohamed Beiram, the head of Syria's Future Party Afrin-Shahba.
“This is very obvious in Afrin, Sere Kaniye and Gire Spi as it destroyed all cultural and historical milestones,” Beiram told ANHA news agency, Hawar news reported on Monday.
“Turkey is the main state that supports and backs mercenaries in the world,” he said.
Since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Turkey has played a key role in organising Syrian rebel groups, over which its influence has steadily grown. It has launched several military incursions into Syria and keeps a military presence in the country. Turkey’s army has worked to develop the combat capacity of its Syrian proxies, many of them Islamists, deploying them alongside Turkish forces in multiple incursions against Kurdish militants in northern Syria.
Since the onset of the Syrian war, Turkey hurriedly put its occupation policies into operation to revive the Ottoman Empire and the Misak –ı Milli (National Pact) by occupying northern Syria from Mediterranean up to Kirkuk and Mosul in Iraq, Beiram said.
“The Turkish occupation state aborted the Syrian revolution by killing its leaders and symbols replacing them with mercenaries void of morals and conscience,” Beiram said.
A United Nations report published in 2020, documented the involvement of the mercenaries in looting, killing and otherwise terrorising local populations in northern Syria. They have also imposed taxes on properties and crops in Syria’s mainly Kurdish Afrin province, Hawar reported in October.
In 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began talking about extending Turkey’s borders to what he said were those drawn up in the National Pact, a 1920 agreement between Turkish nationalists that set out what they hoped would be the borders of the new country that would emerge after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey’s current borders were drawn after World War I.
The Turkish nationalists envisioned a country that would include present-day Turkey as well as the Ottoman province of Mosul in Iraq and much of northern Syria, both areas where many Kurds live.