Twin Pressures Adding Friction To Iran-Turkey Ties – OpEd

Source:Eurasian Review Date:10Apr2020

The second factor contributing to the current rising tensions between Turkey and Iran is the conflict in Syria’s Idlib province. From the perspective of the Iranian leaders, Tehran must be the only foreign state wielding power in Syria because of the billions of dollars it has spent keeping President Bashar Assad in office. Turkey has been scuttling Iran’s agenda with its military offensives in Idlib. This is why Iran’s Military Advisory Center in Syria last week warned in a rare statement: “Once again, we reiterate that the children of the Turkish nation serving in the Turkish army in Idlib are within range of our military forces, and we could have easily taken revenge on them for the bombardment of our bases, but we have refused to do so upon orders by our commanders.”