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    Turkey's operation in Syria makes the conflict unpredictable and dangerous not only for Middle Eastern countries, but also for Europe, German newspaper Die Welt wrote.

    The Turkish military is not coordinating its steps with Russia and the US by going on the offensive in Syria, the newspaper wrote.

    "Both parties in the bloody game [Russia and the US] know that the wars are not won from the air," the article said. Thus, Washington prefers to refrain from large-scale military operations in the region "in the same way that Russia does," Die Welt noted.

    According to the newspaper, Erdogan wants to strengthen Turkey's positions, defeat the Kurds and eliminate Daesh in order to present himself as the winner and protector of its citizens.

    However, given the current developments, Erdogan's actions do not seem to be based on any comprehensive strategy — it is rather an attempt to escape from a difficult situation, Die Welt wrote.

    "It is unlikely that this issue has been coordinated within NATO — and because of this, the Syrian war is taking a new, unknown, dimension," the article said.

    Late August, Turkey launched the Euphrates Shield operation in Jarablus in order to eliminate Daesh and repel Kurdish forces from its border. Many international experts, however, noted that the Turkish operation in Jarablus is aimed first of all against Kurds, and only then — against Islamist radicals.

    At the same time, the zone of military operations in Syria has been constantly expanding. Due to the fact that Turkey has moved from a strategy of evasion to concrete action, the conflict entered a new phase — "unpredictable, taking place in no certain location and becoming more and more dangerous for the region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf — and thus for Europe," the author stressed.

    The situation is complicated by the fact that the Middle East is a place where the interests of the two world powers — the US and Russia — intertwine. Both countries seek to defeat terrorists and defend their bases in the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea, the newspaper wrote.


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