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Turkey completing anti-tank ditch in Evros to prevent Greek army eastward advance

The trench is 90% complete and will be officially opened by Turkish President Erdogan

The Turkish military is in the process of building an anti-tank ditch at the bridgehead of Karagac in the region of Kastanies in Evros, with the goal of blocking a possible advance of Greek forces eastward.
The ditch is about 4.5km away from the region where the two Greek servicemen were arrested two weeks ago by the Turkish military. The 7.8km long ditch called “Canal Edirne” (canal of Adrianople) is being constructed on the west side of the Karagac settlement and has a width of 60 metres and a depth of 3 metres.

The project, which is 90% complete, was announced at the end of 2015 by the then Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, with the approval of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the General Staff Chief of General Defense General Hulusi Akar, who is still in his post today. According to Turkish media, the total cost of the project has reached $ 100 million, with its official opening planned soon in the presence Erdogan.

Turkish military analysts consider the project a crucial fortification with a unique mission to prevent a possible invasion of Greek combat troops and motorised forces in East Thrace in the event of a military conflict and efforts by Greece to create an “an equivalent fait accompli” after a possible occupation of Greek territory by Turkey. Military analyst and journalist Dimitris Manakanatas told Thema: “The equivalence of a fait accompli provides that the response to any hostile action against the territorial integrity of the country will be equivalent to that by the Greek Armed Forces”.

Turkish military websites claim that the new ditch “sealed off” the only vulnerable point from which Greek motorised forces could create a bridgehead in Karagach to advance eastwards to the plain of Eastern Thrace after of course, they managed to cross the river Evros.

Assuming that Greece’s doctrine is one of non-aggression, any scenarios of a possible bridging of Evros by the Greek forces are only Evros probable in the event of a Turkish attack or a hot Imia-style incident. Last July, however, the Fourth Army Corps demonstrated a show of force – sending a message to its neighbors – by carrying out a violent passage of the Canal Edirne and then proceeding to the east in the presence of the Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff (HAGS), Lieutenant General Alkiviadis Stefanis.


  • Stan the man

    Turkey why you waist your time with canal worry about the heavy artillery can hit Edirne . I wish is not there today . All hate to see poor civilians die, all starts with your agressive goverment , you can have peace with Greece if you stay on your side of the fence . Stop make claims about 18 islands before we claim konstantinoupolis and Anatolia , war is bad , you fight against people I can say unarmed . Cyprus . Kurds . Greece is not the same . You may have 3500 tanks only 350: modern . Rest old junk . Worry about the double of the Greek modern tanks . They carry 43 shells I believe today ,I forgot you lost 13 leopards in Syria against an army with out tanks , wait when you have tanks across the field than you will see how great your tankers are .anyway stay off Aegean Sea Cyprus AOS , be nice by ebros before you loose your paints . I don’t believe you can see your weakness . Big country big army but too much territory to protect with so many enemies around .be careful for the little stacky guy , the bigger they are ,the harder they fall . Peace