Turkish Tanks Cross Into Syria As Ground Offensive Against US-Backed Militia Begins

Turkish Tanks Cross Into Syria As Ground Offensive Against US-Backed Militia Begins:

Early on Sunday, Turkish ground forces crossed the border and pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

Turkey sent armored divisions into northwest Syria after a day of airstrikes as part of ‘Operation Olive Branch’ which bombed Kurdish YPG forces (“People’s Protection Units”) in and around Afrin to drive the US-allied Kurdish militia from the area. Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters along with Turkish troops are now moving into the area, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

“Our jets took off and started bombing. And now, the ground operation is underway. Now we see how the YPG … are fleeing in Afrin,” President Tayyip Erdogan said. “We will chase them. God willing, we will complete this operation very quickly.”

Quoted by Reuters, Erdogan also accused some of Turkey’s allies of providing the YPG with 2,000 plane shipments and 5,000 truckloads of ammunition; the comments were clearly aimed at the United States.

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Watch The State Department Respond As US Ally Turkey Attacks US-Backed Forces In Syria

Watch The State Department Respond As US Ally Turkey Attacks US-Backed Forces In Syria:

Contradiction has become the norm for US foreign policy over the past many years – an observation that is clear to anyone even remotely paying attention.

On Tuesday the US State Department spokesperson was asked during the daily press briefing about the obvious contradiction inherent in US ally and NATO member Turkey shelling US-backed Kurdish forces in Afrin – the Kurdish held zone in northwest Syria near the Turkish border.

It’s not the first time that a US partner force has attacked another US partner force in Syria (and then there’s this Vice News headline from 2016 indicating it’s sometimes gone three ways: “Three US allies are now fighting each other in northern Syria”).

Thus far US military officials have sought to distance themselves from YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Units) operations in Afrin while simultaneously promising to ramp up support for the Kurdish YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) throughout the rest of Northern Syria. US Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said Tuesday of the Syrian Kurds in Afrin, “We don’t support them, we have nothing to do with them” – in what was a clear case of the Pentagon trying to dance around the issue with old-fashioned double speak, pretending as if the Syrian Kurds themselves don’t see “Rojava” Kurds as a single entity.

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Turkey Notifies NATO Of Imminent Massive Invasion Of Syria To Fight Kurds – #WW3

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Turkey Notifies NATO Of Imminent Massive Invasion Of Syria To Fight Kurds:

Turkey is poised for an imminent massive ground invasion of Northern Syria to quash Kurdish militia groups currently holding Afrin near the Turkish border. Multiple regional outlets have reported a build-up of forces that could constitute the largest external intervening force thus far in the entirety of the Syrian war.

According to Middle East based Al-Sura News, Turkey’s military build-up currently underway includes special forces troops, Army units, Turkish-backed Syrian Rebels and Turkey’s air force. The Kurdish YPG/J (People’s Protection Units) has held Afrin since the Syrian government withdrew from the area in 2012, which constitutes the western-most part of the self-declared Rojava autonomous Kurdish zone.

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Iraq on brink of civil war. What NATO couldn’t accomplish with ISIS they’ll now try to do with the Kurds. #WW3

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How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel’s Plan to Reshape the Middle East

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Why Despite Threats, Turkey Won’t Impose Sanctions On Kurdistan After The Referendum

Why Despite Threats, Turkey Won’t Impose Sanctions On Kurdistan After The Referendum:

High-ranking sources in Kurdistan (Erbil) said that the Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani “expected the sanctions already announced by Baghdad and expects many more sanctions to come in the future”. Nevertheless, “the referendum was an essential step to undertake,” otherwise Barzani would no longer be considered the Kurdish leader.

“We are not afraid of Turkish sanctions because Ankara would lose more than it will gain if the common borders are closed. The Turkish representative promised us (months before the referendum) that harsh political measures will be adopted against Kurdistan but that no economic sanctions would be seriously considered. After all it is up to Turkey to stop sending its oil tankers to recover our oil production at a cheap price if Erdogan considers it a practical move within his own economy,” said the source.

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Turkey, Iraq, and Iran Consider Joint Military Action Against the Kurds

Turkey, Iraq, and Iran Consider Joint Military Action Against the Kurds:

Turkey’s Foreign Minister says the possibility of attacking the Kurds is “on the table.”

(ANTIWAR.COM) — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today warned that every option is on the table for dealing with Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence bid, and that they are considering a joint military operation with the Iraqi central government against the Kurds.

Iran chimed in shortly thereafter, saying they’re eager to stand with both Iraq and Turkey to rule out any possible secession of the Kurds. Top Khamenei adviser Ali Akbar Velayati termed the big “an abhorrent deviation,” adding that the region would “not allow the creation of a second Israel.” 

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“Yes” Vote for Iraqi Kurdistan: A New Chaos Is Redefining Middle East Borders

This will surely end well …NOT.

“Yes” Vote for Iraqi Kurdistan: A New Chaos Is Redefining Middle East Borders:

Iraqi Kurds voted “yes” in the referendum to start materializing the dream of the 30 million Kurds inhabiting Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Armenia – a dream which begins by establishing an independent state in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Turkey says it won’t accept Kurdish independence vote

Turkey says it won’t accept Kurdish independence vote:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won’t refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim again called on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to abandon plans for a referendum on independence, saying it wasn’t too late for them to turn away “from this adventure.”

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“I Think There Will Be War” – Iraqi Kurds Fear Conflict After Referendum

“I Think There Will Be War” – Iraqi Kurds Fear Conflict After Referendum:

Officials fear violence after 25 September independence vote, as disputes grow in areas controlled by Kurd forces outside original KRG borders

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The Geopolitical Earthquake Of The Looming Kurdistan Referendum

The Geopolitical Earthquake Of The Looming Kurdistan Referendum:

In a move that is entirely expected, Iraq’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum scheduled for Sept. 25 cannot take place. The ruling comes as Turkey has begun military exercises along its border with Iraq’s Kurdish region in a show of force meant to signal it will not tolerate an independent Kurdistan.

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Turkey Begins Bombing US-Backed YPG Positions In Syria

Turkey Begins Bombing US-Backed YPG Positions In Syria:

It started two weeks ago, when Turkey warned publicly it was preparing for military intervention in Syria, while accusing the US of creating a “terrorist army” (it wasn’t referring to ISIS, but US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia YPG). As a reminder, YPG forms a major part of the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa, and whose forces are seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The group currently controls a pocket of territory in Afrin, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Raqqa.

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Huge Brawl Broke Out Between Erdogan’s Bodyguards And Kurdish Protesters Outside Turkish Embassy

Huge Brawl Broke Out Between Erdogan’s Bodyguards And Kurdish Protesters Outside Turkish Embassy

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Trump Approves Plan To Directly Arm Kurds; Turkish Lira Tumbles

Trump Approves Plan To Directly Arm Kurds; Turkish Lira Tumbles:

Turkey’s ‘sultan for life’ Erdogan will not be happy. NBC News is reporting that two US defense officials have confirmed President Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia – an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS.

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End Game: Russia Unites Assad, Kurds to Push Turkey out of Northern Syria

Remember what I told you about Russia vs Turkey?


End Game: Russia Unites Assad, Kurds to Push Turkey out of Northern Syria:

The Kurds realize that preserving a secular Syria is all that matters now

Ankara is trying to carve up Syrian territory in Idlib — and it looks like they might get away with it. But Moscow has shut down any dreams Erdogan might have had about seizing Manbij and the surrounding countryside.

For those who missed it: Yesterday it was revealed that Russia had mediated a deal between the Kurdish Manbij Military Council (MMC) and Assad, in which the Syrian government would take control of the region.

Russia swooped in and united the Kurds and Assad, while Washington and Ankara were busy squabbling over who should control Manbij.

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The US Just Abandoned Our Only Reliable Ally in Fight Against ISIS

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The US Just Abandoned Our Only Reliable Ally in Fight Against ISIS:

Pro-Kurdish fighters claim US, Syria, Turkey and Iran are collaborating to undermine them, after having served US as shock troops against ISIS

(MEESyria — The Kurdish YPG militia counted the US among its most trusted allies as it fought the Islamic State (ISIS) group in northern Syria. But that all changed on Wednesday. Turkey’s invasion of the border town of Jarabulus, combined with a US warning the YPG will lose its support unless it withdraws from nearby areas, has left the Kurds feeling abandoned.

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