Syrian issue for Turkey is directly related to the problem with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party. Therefore, it is wrong to say that the direction of the military power to solve the crisis with Syria will weaken the country's fight against the PKK, Milli Gazete editor Mustafa Ozcan said.
Iran and Syria have a direct connection with the PKK militants' active actions in Turkey, so the solution to the crisis with Syria means a partial solution to the problem with the PKK for Turkey, Ozcan told Trend on Friday.
"It is not a secret that Syria and Iran have recently begun to actively boost the PKK in Turkey," he said. "Accordingly, while making a decision on a trans-boundary operation against Syria, Turkey partially solves the problem with Kurdish separatists."
The expert also stressed that Turkey's decision does not mean declaring a war to Syria. Protecting the territorial integrity and security of the citizens is Turkey's direct responsibility and right.
"While making a decision a trans-boundary operation, Turkey gives a signal to Damascus that if it does not stop its aggression against Turkey, Ankara may declare a war to Syria," Ozcan said.
Regarding Iran's position as Damascus's close ally in the issue, Ozcan said that Tehran fails to resist the processes taking place in the region.
Undoubtedly, Tehran will try once again to protect Assad's regime, but Iran, which is the weakest country in the region, is unlikely to do anything.
Turkish parliament approved the mandate on transborder operations against Syria as an answer to firing on Turkish Shanliurfa city by Syrian army.
The shells fired from Syrian territory, exploded on the territory of Turkey, five people were killed. According to Turkish mass media, the shelling was carried out by government army.
As an answer to shelling Turkey has struck the Syrian territories, from which the firing was carried out.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for a year and half.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 20,000.
More than 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.