THO condemns the brutal airstrike attacks against Turkish troops in Syria’s Idlib. We’re heartened to see the U.S. and NATO stand in solidarity with longtime ally Turkey. We hope to see a de-escalation in order to avert a further humanitarian crisis in Syria.
THO President and Advisory Board Members have issued the following statements reacting to the attacks against Turkish troops:
“I strongly condemn the brutal and aggressive behavior by Assad’s forces. Turkey and the US are on the same page about Idlib and this matters a lot because the two nations need to work together to de-escalate the situation. No matter how much the two NATO allies disagree on a number of issues, they both want Assad removed and the killing of Idlib's civilians to stop. I am confident the two sides will work together to counter Russian aggression in the region.” Mr. Ali Cinar, THO President
“Russia, Syria, and Iran are revisionist, autocratic states threatening regional peace and security with this barbaric offensive. The United States, Turkey, their NATO allies, and the rest of the international community should stand together to impose costs on the aggressors and to find a peaceful resolution to this long-running conflict.” Dr. Matthew Kroenig, THO Advisory Board Member
“The humanitarian and geopolitical dimensions of the Syrian catastrophe are now so starkly evident, there seems very little left to say. I can only note that the need for Turkey and the United States to move back closer together has never been more urgent. The question is: can the two sides make the fundamental strategic recalibrations on all fronts necessary to make this happen? Right now, it is difficult to see any grounds for optimism.” Dr. Malik Mufti, THO Advisory Board Member
"Maybe NATO could step in and do something about it, a no fly zone is proposed by Lindsey Graham, but there is no good solution, this is a sink hole from which Turkey is going to find itself really hard to extricate if it commits more and more troops." Dr. Mark Meirowitz.