…from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Iran has jumped into the Turkish invasion quickly, which needed to happen. Someone had to fill the void; and as a close ally of Turkey, Iran has a lot of credibility, even more so due to Turkey’s refusing US demands that Erdogan stop buying Iranian oil when Iran desperately needs the export income.
Next, let’s go to the elephant that is missing from the living room. Has anyone noticed that no one is calling for a UN Security council meeting to discuss this event? I forgive you if you don’t remember the UNSC, as it does not seem to do very much anymore.
Iran is right on the money about the civilian casualties, but not for what would appear to be the obvious reason. The key issue there is comparing how many are going to die daily, compared to how many Turkish civilians the Syrian Kurds have killed in the past 1 through 5 years.
Does anyone remember how many? I sure as hell don’t. I have not heard of even one, despite Erdogan’s endless blabbering about the terror threat from Syrian Kurds. Mass media has never covered the invisible Syrian Kurd’s terror war against Turkey, and neither have any of the big, well-funded, peace outfits like the Carnegie Foundation.
We have a major incursion into Syria right after the Syrian constitutional committee has been formed after two years of difficult negotiations, and here comes Turkey invading Syria on what so far are fake claims of a terrorism problem.
That is not to say that Erdogan could not organize a few quick bombings on his own people to fix that oversight. Oh yes, that kind of ruthless crap is often done when “needed” for “national security” situations.
The Kurds are also no angels here. Yes they fought ISIS, but not just to defend their country, but to dismember it as US mercenaries onboard the carving up of Syria, getting the rich oil provinces and agricultural areas east of the Euphrates.
As for Congress, to see the idiot Democrat undercover war hawks coming out of the closet was no surprise either. We have no formal treaties with the Kurdish nation, as there isn’t a nation.
And the Kurds have ruthlessly suppressed the Arabs in the areas they have taken from them, and yes, killed more Syrian Arabs than Erdogan could show that the Kurds killed Turks. So welcome to another fake war, freak show with the usual suspects … Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … October 10, 2019 –
Iran has called on Turkey to “immediately” end its military operation in northeastern Syria and withdraw its forces from the Arab country’s territory. In a Statement on Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over Turkey’s military offensive which has put civilian lives at risk.
The statement stressed that “the dire humanitarian situation and the dangers posed to civilians in the conflict area” necessitate “the immediate cessation of attacks and the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria.”
While understanding Turkey’s security concerns, the statement said, Iran does not consider military action as a mean to address the woes, expressing Tehran’s opposition to the offensive which would bring about “widespread human and material damage”.
The statement further read that the current chaotic situation in the region is the result of “interference of extra-regional” countries, the US in particular.
It expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to play the role of a mediator to deescalate tensions between Turkey and Syria. The ministry underscored “peaceful measures and respecting Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” as the sole way to ease tensions.
In a post on its Twitter account early Thursday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said the troops participating in Operation Peace Spring were advancing east of the Euphrates River following a ground offensive.
Turkey’s Vice President, Fuat Oktay, also took to Twitter to stress the army’s resolve to keep fighting the Kurdish militants in Syria, which Ankara views as terrorists linked to local autonomy-seeking militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Turkey launched the operation in northeast Syria on Wednesday; just days after the US pulled forces out and abandoned its Kurdish allies there.