Fourth Sochi Summit
Russia, Turkey, and Iran meet on Syria
By Craig C. White
SOCHI, Russia – February 15, 2019 – This week Russia, Turkey, and Iran held their fourth round of talks on Syria in the Russian town of Sochi. Russia insists that Turkey take control of the Al-Qaeda group Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham in the northwestern Syria province of Idlid.
During the summit Russia and Turkey agreed to take “decisive measures” against Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham. Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham was previously known as Al-Nusra front and is the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda. Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham is considered to be a radical rebel group. Russia and Turkey had previously agreed to create a demilitarized zone around the Idlib province. Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham has violated this agreement and has taken control over most of the demilitarized zone. Turkey has now agreed to clear Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham from the Idlib province.
Things are not necessarily what they seem. At the same time that Turkey has agreed to fight against Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham, Turkey is also trying to bring them into the Turkish controlled “Syrian National Army”. The Syrian National Army is a collection of Al-Qaeda groups in Idlib under Turkish leadership.
Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham is not a natural enemy of Turkey. Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham served as security guards for the Turkish Army when the Turkish Army first entered the Idlib province. ISIS, Al-Nusra, all other Al-Qaeda factions, the Free Syrian Army, and Turkey are all Sunni Muslim. They are all in cahoots. Do you really think that Turkey will defeat Al-Nusra in Idlib?
Here is my guess. At some point Turkey will lead all of the Al-Qaeda groups in Idlib including Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham against the Syrian Army in Hamah.
The Prophet Jeremiah says that when Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear evil reports then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. The Turkish Army is arrayed against both of these cities today.
Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.
Here are the main points that came out of this latest Sochi summit. Russia wants Turkey to defeat the Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Nusra) Al-Qaeda group in Idlib. Turkey wants to expel Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria. Turkey wants to wait until the US pulls its troops out of northeastern Syria. Russia and Iran say that the Syrian government should control northeastern Syria.