By Scott Ritter
February 28, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - Having been hit by the
Syrian Air Force in Idlib, Turkey has called on
NATO’s protection, but as much as the alliance would
like a fight with Assad and his ally Russia, it’s
refused to back Ankara’s questionable adventure.
Turkey engaged NATO in Article 4 consultations,
seeking help regarding the crisis in Syria. The
meeting produced a statement from NATO condemning
the actions of Russia and Syria and advocating for
humanitarian assistance, but denying Turkey the
assistance it sought.
The situation in Idlib province has reached
crisis proportions. A months-long military offensive
by the Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Air
Force and pro-Iranian militias, had recaptured
nearly one-third of the territory occupied by
anti-Assad groups funded and armed by Turkey. In
response, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
dispatched thousands of Turkish soldiers, backed by
thousands of pieces of military equipment, including
tanks and armored vehicles, into Idlib to bolster
his harried allies.