Turkey is recruiting Syrian mercenaries to be sent to the Greek border: reports

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An Armenian journalist, known for being one of the first to highlight that Turkey was recruiting Syrian mercenaries to fight against Armenian forces in Artsakh, has now reported that Turkey is recruiting more mercenaries to be sent to the border with Greece.

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Syrian mercenaries being transferred from Idlib to Azerbaijan via Turkey.

Abraham Kasparian, a Syrian-born Armenian journalist, revealed through a leaked conversations between Idlib-based terrorists that Turkey is now recruiting Syrian mercenaries to be sent to the Greek border.

The ArmNews reporter in his daily bulletin on Wednesday said it is being spread among Syrian militants in Idlib that a war between Greece and Turkey is "highly possible" and that there are thousands of Syrian mercenaries ready to be deployed on the land border with Greece.

Kasparian says that as Turkey is hosting thousands of Syrian militants, Ankara is planning another location to "burn" them as Azerbaijan will not be enough to get rid of them all.

The Syrian War, that has been waging since 2011, is almost at an end. Turkey is the only regional state that continues to support extremist militants in the war torn country and is unwilling to relinquish control of Idlib province, prolonging the suffering.

However, many of these Syrian militants are becoming a domestic problem in Turkey, which is part of the reason why Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is dispersing them as a moveable fighting force to serve his interests in Libya and Azerbaijan.

It now appears though, according to Kasparian, that some of the mercenaries will be deployed on the land border between Greece and Turkey in Thrace.

Kasparian, who has an impressive reliability track record, concluded this part of his daily bulletin by saying that his report "will be a great gift to our fellow Greeks and their intelligence. I’m sure our Greek friends and their intelligence already have this information, but if not - then here you go."

His report on Syrian mercenaries preparing to be deployed on the Greek border comes as Stephanie Turco Williams, the top U.N. envoy for Libya, announced todaythat foreign mercenaries will depart “from all Libyan territories land, air and sea” within three months.

Whether Erdoğan plans to send the returned Syrian mercenaries back to Idlib, or stay within Turkey, or be deployed to the Greek border or elsewhere remains to be seen.

It has been well reported that ISIS and Al-Qaeda fighters from Syria have crossed the Greek-Turkish border in the past to reach other destinations in Europe.

Currently, Turkey is militarily engaged in and/or occupying northern Cyprus, northern Syria, northern Iraq, Libya, Artsakh and also against fellow NATO member Greece in the East Mediterranean.

As an energy starved country that is unwilling to procure energy through the rule of law, Turkey engages in hostilities with most of its neighbors to secure energy flows and procure cheap oil and gas, so much so that it facilitated blood oil trade with ISIS.

With the Turkish economy rapidly declining, Erdoğan promises Turkish citizens economic prosperity under the guise of recreating the Ottoman Empire.

However, unlike Syria, Iraq and Libya, Greece is not a country torn by war for nearly a decade and has a military more than capable of deterring Turkish aggression, which is why Turkey continually refuses to directly attack Greece despite incessant threats of war.

None-the-less, Turkey has more than proven that its Syrian mercenaries are prepared to be utilized and deployed to serve Erdoğan's agendas, as seen in Libya and Azerbaijan.

Whether the Turkish president will use them against Greece remains to be seen, but with the Syrian mercenaries already discussing the "high possibility" Turkey will go to war with its NATO "ally," this a security threat that Athens must take seriously.