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WAR Erdogan's Syria Invasion Begins: Turkish Jets Filmed Bombing Kurdish Targets
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  1. #121
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    Lindsey Graham
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    If Turkey moves into northern Syria, sanctions from hell – by Congress – will follow.

    Wide, deep, and devastating sanctions.
    12:39 PM · Oct 8, 2019

  2. #122
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    Kurdish-led authorities in NE Syria declare a three-day state of emergency and call for civilian volunteers to help fight against a Turkish invasion.

    They say UN, US, EU, Russia bear "full moral and emotional responsibility for any humanitarian catastrophe" that follows.
    3:27 AM · Oct 9, 2019·

  3. #123
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    🔵Turkish Army has not yet begun its assault
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    Great, please keep us posted. Area of operations, force levels and formations on both sides, deployment, air assets used by Turkey, involvement of FSA and Assad's army, stance of Iran/Russia and whatever else you can find.
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    It will happen today or this friday since the Pentagon suspended Turkey from using F16's in Syria it maybe delayed the Operation
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    Fairly obvious your not gonna send infantry into enemy areas in broad daylight without artillery and air strikes hitting positions for at least hours if not days to soften enemy positions.
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    Depends on ROE given that there are a lot of populated areas in the region open ground isn't so bad
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    If your crossing open land into those population centres that would normally be the killing ground. I woukdnt want to advance across across open ground without artillery and air support to attack enemy positions
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    Probably waiting for Iran
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    They don't like each other
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    True to an extent, they have had trade relations and have carried out joint operations in the past but Iran is opposed to military action in Syria and has announced snap drills in the north, Russia has also been a go between

  4. #124
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    #BREAKING Russia warns US policies in Syria could 'ignite' whole region
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    #BREAKING Syria Kurds call up civilians for defence against Turkey
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    How? Specifics? Article on this?
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    Whole world says that trump is wrong in withdrawing force but no one speaking about Turkish aggression. Wow.
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  5. #125
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-i...-idUSKBN1WO0VE

    NEWSOCTOBER 9, 2019 / 5:00 AM / UPDATED 38 MINUTES AGO
    Iran holds unannounced military drill near Turkey border: ISNA
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    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s army began an unannounced military drill in the northwest of the country bordering Turkey, Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Wednesday, as Turkish troops prepare to enter the territory of Iran’s ally Syria.

    ISNA said the drill included rapid reaction units, mobile and offense brigades, and helicopters from the Army Ground Force’s Air Unit.

    (This story corrects to ‘unannounced’ in first paragraph)

    Reporting by Tuqa Khalid; editing by John Stonestreet

    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

  6. #126
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-s...-idUSKBN1WO0MR


    NEWSOCTOBER 9, 2019 / 3:38 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
    Syria's territorial integrity must be preserved: Russian Foreign Minister

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria’s territorial integrity must be preserved, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday, as Turkish forces prepare to enter the country.

    U.S. actions in the region are contradictory and Russia is urging dialogue between Damascus and Syria’s Kurds, he told reporters during a visit to Kazakhstan following a surprise withdrawal by U.S. troops.

    Turkish forces will cross into Syria “shortly”, President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said on Wednesday.

    Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by John Stonestreet

    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

  7. #127
    Quote Originally Posted by danielboon View Post
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    If Turkey moves into northern Syria, sanctions from hell – by Congress – will follow.

    Wide, deep, and devastating sanctions.
    12:39 PM · Oct 8, 2019
    Congress is too busy impeaching the president to do anything else. Pelosi, Schiff, and Nadler are to blame for this. Erdogan thinks we're too tied up with internal matters to be able to deal with him.

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    NEWSOCTOBER 9, 2019 / 5:00 AM / UPDATED 38 MINUTES AGO
    Iran holds unannounced military drill near Turkey border: ISNA
    1 MIN READ

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s army began an unannounced military drill in the northwest of the country bordering Turkey, Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Wednesday, as Turkish troops prepare to enter the territory of Iran’s ally Syria.

    ISNA said the drill included rapid reaction units, mobile and offense brigades, and helicopters from the Army Ground Force’s Air Unit.

    (This story corrects to ‘unannounced’ in first paragraph)

    Reporting by Tuqa Khalid; editing by John Stonestreet

    Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
    yes this help the situation

  9. #129
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  10. #130
    Local radio reporting that the bombing has started.

  11. #131
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    Erdogan Says Syria Military Operation Has Begun As Turkish F-16s Bomb Kurdish Positions
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    update: Just as President Erdogan formally announced Wednesday that military operations have begun in Syria, Turkish F-16s began bombing targets in northeast Syria’s Ras al-Ayn and Sarekaniye minutes ago in what Ankara has dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring'.


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    And immediately the Turkish Lira began sliding near a daily low as troops began crossing into Syria, as limited groups of Turkish forward deployments are now seeking to move US-allied Kurdish forces away from its border, as Bloomberg reported this morning.




    Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is reportedly moving toward Manbij, which could squeeze YPG/SDF forces between the two powers — though by week's end we could see the Syrian Kurdish militias make a deal with Assad, after both sides signaled openness to such amid the Turkish invasion.


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    Smoke rises from PKK/YPG positions in #Syria's Tal Abyad and Ras-Al Ain after #Turkish jets conducted heavy airstrikes as part of #OperationPeaceSpring

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    Turkish fighter jets are now flying over Syrian Kurdish positions.


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    Meanwhile the SDF has made another desperate appeal to Washington as the attack is unfolding, requesting a US-imposed 'No Fly Zone' to stop the air assault.


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    Turkish fighter jets fly over Serekanîye ( Tal Abyad) now

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    Just like the Kurds warned, Turkish troops have started crossing into northeastern Syria as the country begins a military offensive that President Erdogan has insisted is vital for Turkey's security. As of early Wednesday morning in New York, a small group of Turkish forces had already entered the country, and reinforcements of troops and artillery were preparing to take up positions, Bloomberg reports.



    One video that has been circulating on Twitter showed Turkish troops crossing the border, as journalists warned that "a new phase of this bloody regional war could be about to begin."


    Mark Stone

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    �� The latest from the #Turkey / #Syria border as Turkish troops and artillery take up positions. Despite international calls for Turkey to hold back, a new phase of this bloody regional war could be about to begin. @SkyNews

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    Even BBG is reporting that the goal of the Turkish operation is to "force back Kurdish militants controlling the border area." Turkish troops entered Syria at two points along the border near the Syrian towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn.

    Bloomberg said there was "no immediate comment from Kurdish-led forces" though it noted that the YPG had earlier vowed to defend themselves against any Turkish attack.

    Turkish markets were treading water on Wednesday after President Trump insisted that the US wouldn't stand in Turkey's way, but that Ankara had promised him that Washington's allies in the area - i.e. the Kurds - would be safe, with Trump threatening to "obliterate" the Turkish economy if Turkish forces attack the wrong people.

    In what has been described as a "dramatic" reversal in US foreign policy, Trump signaled earlier in the week that the US would turn over thousands of ISIS members to Turkey (after their home countries overwhelmingly refused to take them back), and allow the Turkish military to cross into northeastern Syria as the US pulls out. However, Trump's move is in line with his insistence that other NATO members shoulder more of the responsibility for their defense. Turkey is a NATO member.

    Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told state-run TRT TV that "deployments and work is still underway regarding the operation," indicating that more Turkish forces will move across the border.

    If they want to prevent a resurgence of ISIS, they better hurry up. YPG forces have warned about mass jailbreaks of ISIS prisoners during a Turkish invasion.

    Turkey wants to eliminate the YPG because of its ties to the separatist PKK, a Kurdish party inside Turkey that has been battling against Ankara for decades to try and achieve sovereignty for the country's Kurds. Ironically, though it was Washington's closest ally on the ground in Syria, the YPG is considered a terrorist organization.

    In a statement, Turkey's chief of communications warned that Kurds have two options: "They can defect, or we will stop them from disrupting our counter-ISIS efforts."

    We imagine the Kurds will find that very convincing.

    As for where Turkey goes from here, one journalist has a breakdown:


    Ragıp Soylu

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    How will Turkey conduct the operation in Syria?

    • First phase: 120km area between Tal Abyad/Rasulayn, where US troops withdrew
    • Airforce, drones/jets and howitzers will pound YPG targets
    • Then Turkish Special Forces and Syrian National Army will enter

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    I guess we can add "Peace Spring" to a long list of Oxymorons, such as "The Holy Roman Empire."

    But instead of being neither "holy" nor "Roman" or "an Empire," call a military invasion a "Peace-Spring" is neither Peaceful nor is it taking place in the Spring.
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    With all of the stuff going on domestically and all the nuttiness that seems to be on a rapid uptick internationally, it seems we are barely holding back a virtual sea of chaos. This Turkish Neo-Leibenstraum push into Syria feels like the breach in the levee... My feelings on this matter are dark...
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    ** Minor Thread-Drift Alert **

    With all of the stuff going on domestically and all the nuttiness that seems to be on a rapid uptick internationally, it seems we are barely holding back a virtual sea of chaos. This Turkish Neo-Leibenstraum push into Syria feels like the breach in the levee... My feelings on this matter are dark...
    it is just beginning wait till damascus is nuked rough times ahead better buckle up

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    Hundreds of jihadist members are gathering now in the border crossing point to cross the border. The same cross points that Turkish and American military used for their patrols according to #SecurityMechanism agreement.

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    Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes in Kharab Rashak & Jaroudiyah near Turkish/Syria/Iraq border.

    Türkiye-Suriye-Irak sınırındaki Harap Reşak ve Cerudiye vuruldu.

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    KURDS: TURKEY TARGETING CIVILIANS

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    The Latest: Monitor says at least 1 Kurdish fighter killed WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest developments following President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of an expected Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local):

    7:05 p.m.

    A Syrian war monitor and a Kurdish activist collective say Turkish bombardment of northern Syria has killed at least one member of the Kurdish-led force.

    The Britain-based Syrian observatory for Human Rights said one fighter of the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces was killed and six others were wounded.

    The Rojava media center, an activist collective in northeast Syria confirmed that an SDF fighter was killed in the border Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn.

    Turkey began a military operation against Kurdish fighters Wednesday targeting areas in northeast Syria with airstrikes and artillery shelling.

    The SDF said in a statement that the Turkish airstrikes reached as deep as 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border. It said 16 SDF positions were targeted.

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    6:20 p.m.

    Germany’s foreign minister is condemning Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria and called on Ankara to end the military action, saying it threatened “a further humanitarian catastrophe and further displacement of persons.”

    Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement Wednesday that “we condemn the Turkish offensive in the northeast of Syria in the strongest possible terms. ”

    He said Turkey was running the risk that it would “further destabilize the region and strengthen IS,” referring to the so-called Islamic State group.

    Maas said that Syria needed stability after eight years of war and that the first step should be to summon a constitutional committee in the near future: “We call on Turkey to end its offensive and to pursue its security interests in a peaceful manner. ”

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    6:15 p.m.

    The secretary-general of NATO is urging Turkey not to “further destabilize the region” through its military action in northern Syria.

    Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference in Rome that Turkey, a NATO ally, “has legitimate security concerns,” having suffered “horrendous terrorist attacks” and hosting thousands of refugees.

    He said NATO has been informed about Turkey’s ongoing operation in northern Syria. And he added “it is important to avoid actions that may further destabilize the region, escalate tensions and cause more human suffering.”

    He said Turkey should act with “restraint” and any action should be “proportionate.”

    Stoltenberg will discuss the military action with Turkey’s leader on Friday in Istanbul.

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    6 p.m.

    Turkey’s state-run news agency says two mortar shells have been fired into a Turkish town, on the border with Syria. No one was hurt in the attack.

    Anadolu Agency said shells hit the town of Ceylanpinar on Wednesday.

    They were fired from the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ayn, Anadolu reported, shortly after Turkey launched a military operation aiming to drive Syrian Kurdish forces away from Turkey’s border.

    Meanwhile, Turkish authorities declared an area along the Turkish-Syrian border off-limits to civilians.

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    5:35 p.m.

    Turkey’s state-run news agency says Turkish artillery units are shelling suspected Syrian Kurdish forces targets across the border in the Syrian town of Tal Abyad.

    Anadolu Agency said howitzers pounded the town Wednesday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of a Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria. Turkey’s Defense Ministry said the offensive started at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT).

    Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets were carrying out airstrikes on Syrian Kurdish positions in the town of Tal Abyad and showed smoke billowing from the targeted areas.

    Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members, including U.S. ambassador David Satterfield, were being briefed on the operation.

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    5:25 p.m.

    A top European Union official is calling on Turkey to halt its military operation in northern Syria and is warning that the EU will not be paying to help Ankara set up any safe zone there.

    Speaking to EU lawmakers Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “I call on Turkey as well as on the other actors to act with restraint and to stop operations already, as we are speaking, underway.”

    While acknowledging that Turkey has security concerns on its border with Syria, Juncker says that “if the Turkish plan involves the creation of a so-called safe zone, don’t expect the European Union to pay for any of it.”

    The EU is paying Turkey 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) to help the country cope with almost 4 million Syrian refugees on its territory in exchange for stopping migrants leaving for Europe. But Ankara is seeking more money amid concerns that thousands of Syrians could soon cross its border

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    4:35 p.m.

    A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force in northern Syria says Turkish warplanes have started targeting “civilian areas” in northern Syria.

    Mustafa Bali of the Syrian Democratic Forces says the airstrikes have caused “a huge panic among people of the region.”

    Bali’s tweet on Wednesday afternoon came shortly after Turkish President Erdogan announced in a tweet that a Turkish military offensive into northeast Syria has started.

    Turkey has been massing troops for days in preparation for an attack against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria that Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

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    4:30 p.m.

    A U.S. official says the Turkish airstrikes in northeastern Syria are not coordinated with the U.S. military and are considered dangerous for the coalition forces and civilians in the area.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

    Turkey’s President Erdogan announced airstrikes began in Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria on Wednesday.

    — By Sarah El Deeb.

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    4:25 p.m.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that a Turkish military operation into Syria has started.

    Erdogan said on his official Twitter account Wednesday that the operation, named “Peace Spring,” has begun. He said the operation aims to eradicate “the threat of terror” against Turkey.

    Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets had bombed Syrian Kurdish positions across the border from Turkey.

    Turkey had long threatened an attack on the Kurdish fighters whom Ankara considers to terrorists and an extention of

    Trump agreed to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and hand control to Turkey

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    4:10 p.m.

    President Donald Trump is defending his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, citing a focus on the “BIG PICTURE!”

    Trump tweets Wednesday that “GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!”

    Trump says “stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!” and he is “slowly & carefully” bringing U.S. troops home.

    But the decision to leave Syrian Kurds — who supported the U.S. in the fight against Islamic State militants — vulnerable to a military onslaught from Turkey has been condemned by some of Trump’s staunchest Republican allies.

    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that such a move would be Trump’s “biggest mistake” as president.

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    3:35 p.m.

    The U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish group is calling on Moscow to broker talks with the Syrian government in Damascus, in light of Turkey’s planned military invasion in northeastern Syria.

    The Syrian Kurdish-led administration says in a statement on Wednesday that it’s responding positively to calls from Moscow encouraging the Kurds and the Syrian government to settle their difference through talks.

    A Syrian Kurdish official also says they have reached out to Damascus “and other parties” ahead of the anticipated Turkish operation.

    The official declined to provide details and said no agreement has been reached yet. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.

    The call for talks with Damascus reflect the Kurdish forces’ desperate outreach after a partial U.S. pullback, leaving them exposed to Turkish attack.

    —Sarah El Deeb in Beirut;

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    3:05 p.m.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discussed his plans for an incursion into northeastern Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Erdogan’s office said the Turkish leader told his Russian counterpart in a phone call on Wednesday that Ankara’s planned military action in the region east of the Euphrates River “will contribute to the peace and stability” and also “pave the way for a political process” in Syria.

    Erdogan added that Ankara attached importance to the protection of rights and interests of the Syrian people and that Turkey “appreciated the constructive attitude” of Russia in the matter.

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    2:40 p.m.

    Syria’s Foreign Ministry has condemned plans by Turkey to invade northeastern Syria, calling it a “blatant violation” of international law and vowing to repel the incursion with all means.

    The ministry’s statement on Wednesday blamed some Kurdish groups for what is happening, saying they were used as a tool to help an alleged “American project.”

    It said that Syria is ready to welcome back its “stray sons if they return to their senses,” referring to the pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters

    The ministry says the announcements surrounding the planned invasion reflect Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “hostile behavior” and Ankara’s expansionist ambitions in Syria.

    Turkey has been massing troops along its border with Syria ahead of an imminent military operation against the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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    2:30 p.m.

    Turkey’s foreign minister says his country will inform Syria, the United Nations and others about an expected Turkish incursion into northern Syria.

    Mevlut Cavusoglu claims the planned foray into the region is in line with international laws concerning Turkey’s right to defend itself. He spoke during a visit to Algeria on Wednesday.

    Cavusoglu says that Ankara “will provide information to the United States and other countries, including Syria, in line with international laws.”

    He added that Turkey’s “only target are terrorists” in northeast Syria and that the incursion would be Ankara’s way to “contribute to Syria’s border integrity.”

    Expectations of a Turkish invasion rose after President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly announced that American troops would step aside ahead of a Turkish push.

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    2:25 p.m.

    A spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish-led fighters says “all options are open” if Turkey invades northeastern Syria.

    Kino Gabriel, a spokesman for the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said on Wednesday that the Kurdish-led fighters will use all their capabilities to fight back.

    He says the Kurdish forces are also leaving the door open for cooperation with the Syrian government or other regional powers to defend the area. He didn’t elaborate.

    Gabriel says that the Syrian Kurdish-led forces control about 30% of Syria. He says there are currently no contacts with the government side.

    Syrian troops, backed by Russia and Iran, have presence to the south and west of the Kurdish-held territories.

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    1 p.m.

    The head of the Arab League says he is alarmed at Turkey’s planned military offensive into northeastern Syria, against the Syrian Kurdish fighters there.

    Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement on Wednesday that such an invasion would be a “blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and threatens Syria’s integrity.”

    He added that Turkey’s planned incursion also threatens to inflame further conflicts in eastern and northern Syria, and “could allow for the revival” of the Islamic State group.

    Turkey has been preparing for an attack on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

    This came after President Donald Trump said earlier this week the U.S. would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on Syrian Kurdish fighters, who have fought alongside Americans for years.

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    12:30 p.m.

    Turkey’s defense minister says preparations for an expected Turkish incursion into Syria are continuing.

    Hulusi Akar made the comments on Wednesday, days after President Donald Trump abruptly announced that American troops would step aside to allow for a Turkish push into northeastern Syria.

    Turkey has long threatened an attack on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey

    Akar told state-run Anadolu Agency: “Our efforts concerning the offensive are continuing, the deployment, the preparations are continuing.”

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    11:20 a.m.

    Iranian state television says the Islamic Republic has launched a surprise military drill with army special operations forces near the country’s border with Turkey.

    The exercise comes amid Iran’s opposition to Turkey’s planned invasion of northern Syria against Syrian Kurdish fighters there. The Syrian Kurds were U.S. allies in the war against the Islamic State group.

    The sudden Iranian drill was announced on Wednesday. The TV report says it’s overseen by Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, chief of Iran’s army.

    However, the state TV didn’t mention the expected Turkish operation nor elaborate on the number of troops taking part in the drill in Qushchi in Iran’s Western Azerbaijan province. The area is about 620 kilometers, or 385 miles, northwest of Tehran.

    Iran and Russia are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s long-embattled government. Both have troops on the ground in Syria. While they may publicly oppose a Turkish incursion into Syria, they probably don’t mind an operation that diminishes the Kurdish forces.

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    11:10 a.m.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is accusing the United States of playing “very dangerous games” with the Syrian Kurds, whose fighters were top U.S. allies in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria.

    Lavrov said during a visit to Kazakhstan on Wednesday that the U.S. first propped up the Syrian Kurdish “quasi state” in northeastern Syria and is now withdrawing its support.

    He says that “such reckless attitude to this highly sensitive subject can set fire to the entire region, and we have to avoid it at any cost.” Russian news agencies carried Lavrov’s comments and reported that Moscow has communicated that position Washington.

    Lavrov didn’t directly address the issue of Turkey’s anticipated invasion into northeastern Syria but said that Moscow is encouraging the Kurds and the Syrian government to settle their difference through talks.

    The top Russian diplomat stressed that both Damascus and the Syrian Kurds have said they are “open to dialogue, and we will do our best to help launch talks on this subject.”

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    10:30 a.m.

    The Kurdish-led civilian administration in northeastern Syria has issued a “general mobilization” call along the border with Turkey, as Ankara masses troops ahead of an imminent invasion.

    The local authority, known as the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, says: “We call upon our people, of all ethnic groups, to move toward areas close to the border with Turkey to carry out acts of resistance during this sensitive historical time.”

    It also called on the international community to live up to its responsibilities as “a humanitarian catastrophe might befall our people” in northeastern Syria.

    Turkey has been preparing for an attack on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

    President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly announced American troops would step aside ahead of the Turkish push — a shift in U.S. policy that essentially abandoned the Syrian Kurds, longtime U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

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    9:40 a.m.

    A top Turkish official says Turkey’s military will “shortly” cross into Syria together with allied Syrian rebel forces after President Donald Trump announced U.S. troops would withdraw from the area.

    Fahrettin Altun, the Turkish presidency’s communications director, called on the international community in a Washington Post op-ed on Wednesday “to rally” behind Ankara.

    Altun says Turkey seeks to “neutralize” Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria and to “liberate the local population from the yoke of the armed thugs.”

    He wrote: “The Turkish military, together with the Free Syrian Army, will cross the Turkish-Syrian border shortly.”

    Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters, allied with American forces in the fight against IS, as terrorists linked to outlawed Kurdish rebels within Turkey.

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    9:30 a.m.

    A U.S.-backed force and two Syrian activist groups say Islamic State militants have carried out an attack in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria.

    The early Wednesday attack targeted a post of the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, which was once the extremists’ de facto capital.

    The attack comes as Turkey is expected to launch an offensive against the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.

    The Kurdish fighters say IS launched three suicide attacks against its positions in Raqqa. There was no word on casualties.

    Raqqa is being Silently Slaughtered, an activist collective, reported an exchange of fire and a blast.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, says the attack involved two IS fighters who engaged in a shootout before blowing themselves up. https://www.apnews.com/5bf8e9bfa25c45ef9d4dfcef352e26a3

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    With all of the stuff going on domestically and all the nuttiness that seems to be on a rapid uptick internationally, it seems we are barely holding back a virtual sea of chaos. This Turkish Neo-Leibenstraum push into Syria feels like the breach in the levee... My feelings on this matter are dark...
    The uptick in Trump's chaotic actions is what led to my concerns a couple nights ago...my feelings on the matter are dark, lol.

    Or is Trump creating chaos because that's the area he thrives? Or is his judgement becoming impaired. I hope not and I hope he (and the USA) comes out in top.

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    A request has been made for the @UN Security Council to meet on developments after #Turkey started a military offense in northeast Syria. Diplomats say Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and UK have requested to discuss #Syria situation in closed consultations.

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    Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes in Kharab Rashak & Jaroudiyah near Malikiyah. map: @syria_map

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    #Qamişlo: A six years old child was murdered by the turkish occupation army in the village "See Karka", Qamişlo countryside.

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    First child died in @NATO Turkey's attacks on civilian settlements in NE Syria. Many more reports of wounded & killed civilians. Meanwhile @jensstoltenberg sends out tweets in which he endorses the invasion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monty View Post
    The uptick in Trump's chaotic actions is what led to my concerns a couple nights ago...my feelings on the matter are dark, lol.

    Or is Trump creating chaos because that's the area he thrives? Or is his judgement becoming impaired. I hope not and I hope he (and the USA) comes out in top.
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    #BREAKING: Turkey bombs the border town of #Kobani.
    The town was the symbol of resistance against #ISIS terrorists in #Syria.
    video shows bodies in the streets https://twitter.com/i/status/1181993524377657345

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    Kurdish-led SDF claim Syrian Army is preparing to capture Manbij

    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article...apture-manbij/ (fair use)
    By News Desk -2019-10-08

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Monday of preparing to capture the key town of Manbij in the northeastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

    “The first consequences of the US withdrawal & failure of the Security Mechanism Agreement: Syrian regime forces backed by Russia prepare to move militarily towards the city of Manbij. We said earlier that any Turkish attack would have bad consequences for the whole region,” the official Twitter account of the Syrian Democratic Forces tweeted.

    However, despite these claims, a source from the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar that they moved reinforcements to this front in order to block the Turkish-backed militants from expanding their presence in the Aleppo Governorate.

    The source added that the Syrian and Russian armed forces are taking preliminary steps to prevent these Turkish-backed militants from pushing into any area where the SAA currently has a front-line with the Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and People’s Protection Units (YPG).

    The Syrian government is urging the Kurdish-led forces to handover their areas to the armed forces in order to avoid a Turkish military invasion; however, the SDF and YPG have both vowed to defend their territories and wage an all-out war against Turkey.

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    It looks like the whore media is starting to understand this war, WHICH DOOMER DOUG HAS NOW OFFICIALLY NAMED YOM KIPPUR 2- 1973/2019 is going to eventually bring in the BIG BOYS LIKE THE USA, RUSSIA, CHINA, IRAN, ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA AND A BUNCH OF OTHERS.

    THE FIRST LINK IS HERE. MY WORDPRESS BLOG IS ON THIS SUBJECT. TRUMP WILL EITHER COMBAT DEPLOY TROOPS AT THE DESERT STORM, 2003 IRAQ INVASION LEVEL OR WE WILL SEE A REGIONAL MASSACRE/GENOCIDE OF THE KURDS BY TURKEY, AND TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED FOR THAT, IF NOT WHACKED. PUTIN IS ALSO, OR SHOULD BE, IN FEAR FOR HIS LIFE AS HE HAS TOTALLY SCREWED RUSSIA WITH HIS SUPPORT FOR ERDOGAN, WHO WON'T STAY BOUGHT AND PLANS TO INVADE SYRIA, IRAQ, ISRAEL, SAUDI ARABIA EVENTUALLY.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...des-Syria.html

    Trump agreed to withdraw US troops from Syria and hand control to Turkey
    One Turkish official claimed a small expeditionary force entered Syria early Wednesday, but others denied that the operation was underway
    Erdogan plans to attack Kurdish forces which allied with the US against ISIS
    Commanders have warned of a 'humanitarian disaster' if invasion goes ahead
    Kurds called up civilians to the army Wednesday, telling them to 'do your duty'

    By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

    Published: 03:21 EDT, 9 October 2019 | Updated: 10:35 EDT, 9 October 2019

    Turkish troops crossed into Syria on Wednesday in preparation for an imminent attack on Kurdish territory, an official has claimed.

    Two expeditionary forces entered Syria close to the towns of Tell Abaid and Sari Kani early in the morning in preparation for a broader offensive, the official told Bloomberg.

    Another official later denied that the military operation had begun, but said preparations are still underway.

    It comes after tanks, trucks, troops and supplies were pictured massing on the border overnight.

    http://news.trust.org/item/20191009125826-y6tof

    ANKARA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that the offensive aimed to eliminate a "terror corridor" along the southern Turkish border.

    Erdogan said the offensive, dubbed "Operation Peace Spring", would aim to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after the formation of a "safe zone" in the area.

    "Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area," Erdogan said on Twitter. "We will preserve Syria's territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists." (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay)

    Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

    https://www.breitbart.com/middle-eas...-peace-spring/

    The Iranian Islamic regime and its proxy government in Damascus issued statements Wednesday condemning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for planning an invasion of Syrian Kurdistan.

    Erdogan has threatened such an invasion for years and conducted limited operations against the People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), a Kurdish militia in Rojava, or Syrian Kurdistan, that did most of the fighting alongside the United States against the Islamic State in its former capital, Raqqa. The Turkish government claims the YPG is indistinguishable from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a U.S.-designated Marxist terrorist group.

    Erdogan’s threatened invasion became news again this week after President Donald Trump announced that he would move 50 troops out of Rojava to other parts of Syria, a move that both the left and right establishment in Washington, DC, branded a betrayal of Kurdish allies. American troops are in Syria under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against all wings of al-Qaeda; the Islamic State is an offshoot of al-Qaeda. American troops have no legal authority to fight any other groups or factions within Syria. Turkey is a NATO member country that the United States is treaty-bound to defend in the case of military attack.
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    Europe will do nothing to stop Erdogan's Syrian invasion.

    Oh my, Holland is angry at Erdogan for INVADING SYRIA! I'm sure Erdogan is quaking in his sandals.

    Seriously, the true extent of how much a farce Europe has become will be seen clearly over the next week or so. If any European government makes a peep, then Erdogan will start the refugee flow, or trigger a riot or two. In fact, Doomer Doug wouldn't be at all surprised if Holland has some riots start within the next 12 hours or so.
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    Yep, we have now officially reached the level of not only Yom Kippur 2, but a full blown regional war, once Syria, Iran, Hezzbollah, the Kurds and some others combat deploy their troops. Poor Putin is looking like a fool since he has supported Erdogan in a vain attempt to damage NATO and secure his southern flank. Well, Putin can't control Erdogan at this point and now faces the prospect of the S-400's he gave Erdogan being used to shoot down NATO planes, or the planes of his allies, like Iran and Assad Junior, or even Russian planes. Putin and Trump are totally screwed at this point by Erdogan.

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    "Huge Panic" As Syrian Civilians Flee Airstrikes - Trump Slams Turkish Attack As "Bad Idea"
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    update3: In his first full statement since the start of Turkish military operations Wednesday morning, which has now witnessed ground forces cross into northeast Syria supported by Turkish F-16 fighter jets, President Trump has slammed the operation as a "bad idea" — but stopped short of calling for a halt to the incursion.

    Further, after the SDF announced "the suspension of all operations against ISIS" given the Kurdish-led group is busy fighting off the Turkish onslaught, the president underscored that "Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all ISIS fighters being held captive remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form."

    Notably the president reaffirmed that he's keeping American forces out of the conflict now engulfing the northeast border area where US bases were once located.

    THIS MEANS TRUMP WILL ENABLE A KURDISH GENOCIDE BY TURKISH FORCES AND WILL LEAD TO TRUMP BEING IMPEACHED.

    Here is Trump's full statement:

    This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, invaded Syria. The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea. There are no American soldiers in the area. From the first day I entered the political arena, I made it clear that I did not want to fight these endless, senseless wars—especially those that don’t benefit the United States. Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place—and we will hold them to this commitment. In addition, Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all ISIS fighters being held captive remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form. We expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.

    Meanwhile, CNN reports "The United Nations Security Council will meet privately Thursday morning to discuss the situation in Syria," after European powers urged an emergency session.

    Multiple casualties are now being reported as Syrian civilians continue fleeing Turkish airstrikes. An SDF spokesman said Turkish warplanes have "started to carry out airstrikes on civilian areas," causing a "huge panic among people of the region."

    update2: The Kurdish-led and (formerly) US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have begun firing back on invading Turkish forces, which are being supported by F-16 jets, already bombarding densely packed civilian areas inside Syria near the border. Now busy defending themselves against Turkish air and ground forces, the SDF has announced "the suspension of all operations against ISIS."

    Turkey's Anadolu Agency reports multiple rockets were launched from Kurdish positions in Syria's Qamishli, landing in the center of the Turkish border town of Nusaybin. Turkey will use the Kurdish response as justification for a more aggressive aerial response, with reports suggesting there could already be up to 200 Turkish warplanes in the air currently.

    Turkish state media has claimed its invading forces have killed 6 SDF fighters, which it labeled "terrorists", and further cited sporadic shelling on its border towns from SDF positions.
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    The first of the general military mobilizations are now starting with Kurds giving every Kurd they can find an AK-47 to shoot Turks. We can also expect TOTAL WAR BY THE KURDS including direct over border strikes from Iraq into Eastern Turkey, as well as the 150,000 or so Kurds in Iraq Kurdistan deploying west to fight Turks inside of Eastern Turkey or farther west into Syria, Again, Erdogan isn't going to stop at the Tigris river border with Iraq but go into Iraq to deal with the Kurds, which will bring into combat with Iran, and the Shia militias. Who do think has been rioting in Baghdad, but ERDOGAN SUPPORTED SUNNI MUSLIMS? This particular news source, Aljazeera is a good one for what the Kurds are now doing.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/...082738194.html

    Kurds mobilise in Syria as Turkey poised for imminent attack

    Civilians urged by Kurdish leadership to head to the border with Turkey to face the expected military onslaught.

    yrian Kurds issued a "general mobilisation" call to civilians to head to the border on Wednesday to "resist" an imminent military operation by neighbouring Turkey that could lead to a "humanitarian catastrophe".

    Ankara has massed thousands of troops and readied heavy weapons for days along its border with Syria and vowed it would go ahead with the operation and not bow to a US threat over its military plans against the Kurds and their military, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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    'Stab in the back': Kurdish forces condemn US pullout

    "We announce three days of general mobilisation in northern and eastern Syria," the Kurdish civilian administration said in a statement.

    It urged all civilians to "head to the border with Turkey ... to resist during this delicate historical moment".










    Syrian Kurds issued a "general mobilisation" call to civilians to head to the border on Wednesday to "resist" an imminent military operation by neighbouring Turkey that could lead to a "humanitarian catastrophe".

    Ankara has massed thousands of troops and readied heavy weapons for days along its border with Syria and vowed it would go ahead with the operation and not bow to a US threat over its military plans against the Kurds and their military, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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    How a battle between Turkey and the Kurdish YPG could go
    'Stab in the back': Kurdish forces condemn US pullout

    "We announce three days of general mobilisation in northern and eastern Syria," the Kurdish civilian administration said in a statement.

    It urged all civilians to "head to the border with Turkey ... to resist during this delicate historical moment".

    Turkey has long threatened an attack on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers "terrorists" allied with a decades-long Kurdish insurgency within Turkey that has left an estimated 40,000 people dead.

    Expectations for an assault rose after President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly announced American troops would step aside ahead of the Turkish push - a shift in US policy that essentially abandoned the Syrian Kurds, longtime American allies in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) in Syria



    oss Syrian border east of the Euphrates River as UN expresses 'alarm' over Ankara's military push.
    09 Oct 2019 20:13 GMT[/B]

    Turkey has launched a military operation in northeast Syria.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the offensive - which began with air raids on Tuesday - is aimed at removing Kurdish-led forces from the border area and creating a "safe zone" to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.

    The move came after the United States announced it was withdrawing its troops from the region, effectively abandoning the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its main ally in the battle against ISIL.
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    This has the potential to spiral out of control rather quickly... Again, I would like to point to the Daniel 8 thread and the destruction of Damascus with a war between Iran and Turkey which may expand to include Saudi Arabia...

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    Assad, Iran Warn Turkey to Stay Out of Syria as Erdogan Launches ‘Peace Spring’

    The Iranian Islamic regime and its proxy government in Damascus issued statements Wednesday condemning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for planning an invasion of Syrian Kurdistan.
    Erdogan has threatened such an invasion for years and conducted limited operations against the People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), a Kurdish militia in Rojava, or Syrian Kurdistan, that did most of the fighting alongside the United States against the Islamic State in its former capital, Raqqa. The Turkish government claims the YPG is indistinguishable from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a U.S.-designated Marxist terrorist group.

    Erdogan’s threatened invasion became news again this week after President Donald Trump announced that he would move 50 troops out of Rojava to other parts of Syria, a move that both the left and right establishment in Washington, DC, branded a betrayal of Kurdish allies. American troops are in Syria under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against all wings of al-Qaeda; the Islamic State is an offshoot of al-Qaeda. American troops have no legal authority to fight any other groups or factions within Syria. Turkey is a NATO member country that the United States is treaty-bound to defend in the case of military attack.

    Erdogan announced “Operation Peace Spring” – a violent invasion of Rojava – on Wednesday, claiming that the Syrian National Army supports the move and that Islamic State elements operate in Rojava. The Islamic State never had a significant presence in the area precisely because of the YPG’s control there.

    The “Syrian National Army” is more commonly known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a coalition of Sunni Arab militias that has at times included jihadist groups. It is not the official army of the government of Syria.

    The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria. Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area.

    — Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) October 9, 2019
    The Syrian Arab Army, the actual official army of the government of Syria, has no presence in the region where “Operation Peace Spring” is taking place, as the Kurdish forces and Assad loyalists have largely avoided overlapping on the map since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011. The YPG has toyed with the idea of allying with Assad in the event that Washington abandons them, but regularly refers to it as an undesirable last-ditch option.

    Assad’s government issued a stern condemnation of Turkey’s plan to invade the country on Wednesday through the government news agency SANA.

    “Syria condemns in strongest terms the reckless statements and hostile intentions of the Turkish regime and the military build-up at the Syrian borders which constitute an outrageous violation of the international law and a blatant breach of the International Security Council’s resolutions which affirm respecting Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a foreign ministry “source” told the government outlet.

    The government went on to call Erdogan an “expansionist” intent on moving the borders of Turkey east.

    Damascus also condemned the YPG for fighting for a free Kurdistan.

    “The source continued that the Syrian Arab Republic holds some of the Kurdish organizations responsible for what is taking place due to their subordination to the US project,” SANA reported. “They have been previously warned during the meetings with them against the dangers of that project and to not be tools serving the US policy against their homeland, but these organizations have insisted on being tools in the hands of foreigners.”

    The statement concluded with a threat to Turkey: Syria will “confront the Turkish aggression by all legitimate means.”

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a similar statement. The Assad regime is largely a proxy force of the Iranian government, tied together by Shiite Islam and alliances with the world’s socialist and communist states. Rouhani used a much more measured tone than the Syrian foreign ministry.

    “The approach that has been adopted today (by Turkey) and the secret agreements that have been made would not benefit the region,” Rouhani reportedly said, “and we call on our friend and brother, Turkey, and its government, to be more careful and have more patience in such affairs and reconsider the path that has been chosen.”

    Instead of focusing on the Kurds in northern Syria, Rouhani suggested a coalition to exterminate the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country, the city of Idlib.

    Though Ankara and Tehran have a tense agreement to cooperate economically, Erdogan and Assad have long referred to each other as “terrorists.” Erdogan has emphasized the elimination of local Kurdish populations as his reason for entering Syria more recently, but he stated in 2016:

    Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice. We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror.

    The Assad regime has not changed its course from assuming that Erdogan’s end goal of eradicating it is still the same.

    The Syrian foreign ministry has repeatedly accused Erdogan of supporting “Takfiri terrorism,” a term typically used to mean Sunni groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Erdogan is openly Islamist and a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer.

    The Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), an umbrella organization primarily made up of YPG members, accused Erdogan this week of seeking ethnic cleansing in Rojava and striving to “take over new lands for ISIS.”

    “Through these attacks, Turkey seeks to take over new lands for ISIS, and prolong the life of these organizations and we do not accept in any way the attacks of Turkey and anyone supporting it,” a spokesman for the SDF said.

    The SDF is America’s closest ally on the ground in Syria and responsible for most of the fighting against ISIS in Rojava.

    The Syrian Democratic Council, the civilian wing of the SDF, issued an alarmed statement Tuesday urging President Donald Trump to reconsider moving 50 troops out of Rojava to elsewhere in Syria.

    We call upon Congress, the US military, and the international community to oppose this decision, and we call upon President Trump to reverse this decision,” the statement read. “Our brave men and women with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have just won a historic victory over the ISIS ‘caliphate,’ a victory announced by President Trump and celebrated across the world. To abandon us now would be tragic.”

    “To disregard our partnership would also send a clear signal to all would-be partner forces of the United States that a US alliance may not be trustworthy,” it concluded.
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