Egyptian army units sent to Syria

By | August 3, 2020
Egyptian army units sent to Syria

Units of the Egyptian Armed Forces have been sent to Syria. This is reported by the Turkish newspaper Anadolu.

150 Egyptian soldiers allegedly arrived at Hama airfield and were then stationed in Aleppo province and southeastern Idlib.

“Egyptian troops were later deployed in the Khan al-Asal area of western Aleppo and around the town of Saraqib in southern Idlib,” Anadolu reported.

According to several unnamed sources, the Egyptian military is working with pro-Iranian forces and officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in support of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Allegedly, they will take part in the fighting and will operate in the provinces of Idlib and Hama.

There is no official confirmation or refutation by officials from Cairo, Damascus, and Tehran about this information. Meanwhile, in the last few days, no flights from Egypt to Hama Air Base have been recorded.

According to the Syrian and Russian military enlistments, this publication is another Turkish attack, against the background of discussions of the possible next offensive of the SAR Armed Forces south of the M-4 highway, with the aim of occupying the Jabal al-Sawia district and the city of Ariha. Moreover, 150 Egyptian troops, even if they did arrive in Syria, are unlikely to make a significant difference in the current situation.

In turn, over the past few months, Turkey has deployed several thousand of its troops to the Greater Idlib region. They are stationed at so-called observation posts and must monitor the ceasefire. The region is occupied by several jihadist groups, including Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
Egypt has been taking steps since 2013 to limit Turkish influence in the Middle East and North Africa. There is currently a political confrontation between the two countries in Libya.

Turkey’s growing influence in Syria, especially in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib, could provoke Egypt. However, Cairo is unlikely to take such drastic steps as the deployment of its troops. This is confirmed by the refusal of military intervention in the affairs of neighboring Libya, despite the growing military presence of Turkey in the country.

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