The past week's clashes taking place in the Syrian towns of Latakia and Yayladağı - the latter being close to the Turkish border - reveal the economic aspects of the Syrian civil war. The bombardment against Bayırbucak Turkmens living in northern Latakia and near Yayladağı on the Turkish border is not just aimed at Turkmens who have withstood the Damascus regime during the Syrian civil war. What happens to Turkmens in that region is also a major final, which tells about the West's, Russia and Iran's objectives and positions on the Syrian civil war and summarizes this whole conflict. Sultan Abdülhamit Brigade Commander Ömer Abdullah, who is fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in Bayırbucak near Latakia, told Anadolu Agency: "We are under a very heavy bombardment. With the support of Russian and Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah, the regime continues its attacks on the Bayırbucak region. There is an unbearable bombardment stemming from the missiles launched from Russian warplanes and warships, tanks, artilleries and mortars. With the start of the ground operation, bombardments have escalated for nearly one month. But, they have grown much worse, especially over the past week."
Here, the striking point is that Russia, the Assad regime and Iran-backed Hezbollah assault defenseless people in the region. This is because the region is the center of an economic and commercial cycle that spans from the Mediterranean's energy resources to Gaziantep within Turkey's border. This situation also tells us why the Syrian civil war has lasted this long and why those powers, which want the continuation of the war, have turned the region into the starting point of a new war on sharing by producing global terrorist organizations like DAESH. Indeed, this is a war about exerting dominance over the Levantine and Iraqi energy resources, strategic ports such as Latakia and Iskenderun, as well as market and export centers such as Aleppo and Gaziantep.
The Assad regime, along with Russia and Iran, is attacking this region located between Latakia and Hatay - which tells us that the Syria conflict is an economic war on sharing and that economic and commercial cycle starting from Latakia and extending into Idlib, Aleppo and Gaziantep in the east and into Iskenderun and Hatay in the west, are among the main targets of this war. Along with Cyprus, the Latakia and Iskenderun ports are the centers of the Levant's economic and commercial routes. Turkey connects industrial zones in Gaziantep to the Iskenderun port through tunnels. After a democratic administration comes to power in Syria, Latakia will integrate with the Iskenderun and Hatay axis. This integration will reduce the importance of Russia's energy lines in the north. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in last week's Atlantic Council Energy and Economy Summit that Turkmen gas can join the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC). Therefore, the SGC's inclusion of Azeri, Turkmen and Levantine energy resources will reduce Russia's importance in terms of energy in the eyes of Europe and will decrease Iran's bargaining power in energy.
In spite of everything, Russia and Iran strive to sustain the Assad regime. This is because if the regime falls, the terror swamp in the region, especially DAESH, will start to dry out quickly and Iran will not be able to use Hezbollah as a threat. This also means the relief of Israel and its abandonment of militaristic policies that pose a threat against the region. That is why the end of the Syrian civil war means the rapid deceleration of frozen conflict areas and hot conflict areas that give rise to civil wars. This means that the region will take a rapid step toward a new period where a free market economy takes effect.
The U.S. and EU must ponder on why the interests of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Assad regime, Iran and Russia are coinciding with each other nowadays. Just two weeks ago, Assad made the following statements to the Russian media, "Relations between Egypt and Syria have never broken. We have a common vision with Egypt." I wonder whether this vision is about exerting domination over Mediterranean economic fields, commercial transits and energy resources on behalf of a global criminal gang that supports Russia and Iran and is nourished by the war itself?
Here, the U.S. and EU must reevaluate the entirety of the region and pay greater attention to Turkey's suggestions, especially regarding establishing a secure zone in Syria. If not, what happens to Syria and Iraq now is likely to take place outside of the Middle East, especially in Africa soon. The recent siege of a hotel in Mali's capital Bamako is a major indicator of this.
A transition period without Assad in Syria, the purification of terrorist forces in the region, the evaluation of the region's energy resources through Turkey and opening the way for new investments in the region must be discussed in detail. Also, it is possible to expand the secure zone and to establish a free production and trade zone here. This secure free trade zone is a very important step toward the resolution of the refugee crisis and can pave the way for the rapid development of the region thanks to the new investments it will attract. Let us note that poverty is the root cause of terrorism in the Middle East. If people in the region are provided with jobs and cities are rapidly reconstructed, terror will come to an end.
Consequently, the humanitarian political approach that Turkey has adopted since the outbreak of the Syria crisis becomes more of an issue today. This is because the region does not remain limited to the Middle East alone; it is also being exported to the West quickly. Russia and Iran add fuel to this fire and, as such, it becomes clearer that there is no other solution to the crisis apart from the one that is proposed by Turkey.