Russian military expert claims that Turkish armed forces have low combat capabilities


January 27, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos – Article translated from Sputnik Turkish

MOSCOW, Russia – Vice President of the CIS Institute and military expert Vladimir Yevseyev described Turkey’s “Olive Branch” operation against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s northwest canton of Afrin as the worst example of a military operation when considering that the Turkish Armed Forces conducted a roundtable on the Afghan operation.

Yevseyev pointed out that  the ‘Operation is not prepared well’, Yevseyev argued that Turkish troops do not have enough soldiers  to attack the region and that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces that they are allied to are not in a position to fight.


Yevseyev said that the number of YPG members in the region is between 6,000 and 15,000 according to various evaluations and that this number can be increased by up to 30 thousand if mobilized. At least 2.5 times of this number is required for the Turkish-led forces to move to Afrin but that such a union was not established.

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Yevseyev argued that Turkish troops use land routes to advance and that they are not “wise” in mountainous areas in the Afrin region. “A military unit on the road can be easily stopped by detonating the vehicles on the road and by shooting vehicles in the front and back,” he said.


Referring to the lack of support for the air force, the Russian military expert said, “In fact, the Turkish army is advancing without air support, and this is one of the reasons why it is stuck there.” Yevseyev also said that it was “funny” for the Turkish Air Force to reduce the possibility of bombarding targets using very high free-fall bombs.

Yevseyev continued by saying that, “The Turkish army, who fought less than a week, squeezed there, because there is no Turkish army actually there, artillery support, tanks and troops support.

However, Yevseyev did not consider the poor weather conditions that has contributed to the poor performance of Turkish-led forces. Full details of this aspect can be read here.

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