The deal cut, and we suspect for cash to a Trump legal slush fund, allowing the slaughter of America’s Kurdish allies and the return of ISIS to Syria aided by Israel, is moving forward today. Worse still, the Russian website “Sputnik News” calls the Saudi paid mercenaries with him, all ISIS members, the “Syrian National Army,” see quote:
“Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of a military operation in northeastern Syria. He said the operation is aimed against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and Daesh* and is meant to protect Syria’s territorial integrity.
The Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency has uploaded a video of airstrikes launched by the Turkish armed forces together with the Syrian National Army against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Daesh* terrorist group. “
This Russian propaganda is an insult to the sacrifice of the real Syrian Arab Army that defeated ISIS. Of course Russia got billions selling Turkey an S400 missile system so a little lying between friends is allowable.
When Erdogan supplied the White Helmets with Sarin gas to use of Syrian civilians, Russia kept his name out of that as well. This is getting to be a habit.
Russia Today: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched an operation against Kurdish-led militias in northeastern Syria. Ankara sees the Kurdish militias as terrorists and argues an offensive is needed to bring “peace” to the region.
The operation targets not only Kurdish-led militias, that Ankara believes to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group which is outlawed in Turkey, but also Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, according to Erdogan.
Syria Reacts to Start of Turkish Military Operation
Syria’s state TV has confirmed that the Turkish army launched an operation in the country’s north by carrying out an airstrike on the city of Ras al-Ain. According to a statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces’ press service, Turkish warplanes launched airstrikes on civilian areas, causing panic among the local population.
According to Turkey’s NTV news channel, two mortar shells hit the border town of Ceylanpinar, no casualties have been reported.
Erdogan Talks to Putin
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian and Turkish presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked on the phone and noted the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty, the Kremlin said.
According to the deputy chairman of the Russian upper house’s foreign affairs committee, Vladimir Dzhabarov, Russia will stay out of the conflict between Turkey and Syria.
“Russia will definitely not get involved, this is not our conflict. Russian Armed Forces are not in Syria for this purpose, their aim is to help free Syria from international terrorism,” the lawmaker said, adding that the Russian troops were in another part of the country, away from where Turkey’s operation was happening.
Turkey-US Plans of Creating ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria
Ankara and Washington have long been in talks over the creation of a “safe zone” in northern Syria but in September Turkey said that the US was stalling the process and said that it would establish the zone on its own if needed.
Earlier this month, Turkey announced that it would launch a military operation in northeastern Syria to oust Kurdish militants from the area and establish a “safe zone” in the region to accommodate Syrian refugees there. The US said it would never endorse the Turkish operation and would pull out its troops from the Kurdish-held territory.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
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.
#OperationPeaceSpring will neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone, facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.
We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.
Turkish aircraft and artillery began striking positions in Syria immediately after Erdogan’s announcement, according to media reports.
The air and artillery strikes have been reportedly targeting the vicinity of the Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ayn.
Syrian state media has released footage from Ras al-Ayn showing multiple warplanes in the skies as well as a thick plume of black smoke from a fire caused by the air strikes.
The military operation appears to be primarily targeting the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group largely consisting of ethnic Kurds. The SDF has been a close ally of the US-led coalition, with members serving as foot soldiers for its years-long fight against IS.
Turkish warplanes have started to carry out airstrikes on civilian areas. There is a huge panic among people of the region.
The SDF said the Syrian towns of Qamishli and Ain Issa were also targeted by Turkish warplanes. The airstrikes have inflicted civilian casualties, the group added, citing preliminary reports from the ground.
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