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Turkey launches massive air and ground campaign on US-backed Kurds in Syria…

Defying Russia, the US, and Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Turkey’s headstrong president is betting on a decisive victory over Syrian Kurd forces.


Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his war of words with Washington as Turkish tanks, reinforced by an aerial bombardment, pressed their offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters armed by the U.S., Bloomberg News reports.

The U.S. Coalition has been arming and training Kurdish fighters so that they could guard the border between Syria and Turkey against ISIS.

The United states has viewed the Kurdish fighters as one of the most effective fighting forces against ISIS.

Kurdish fighters are also known as Peshmerga, which means, “those who face death,” they are the  military of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi Kurdistan. Their existence dates back to the mid-20th Century when Mustafa Barzani picked up arms to fight for Kurdistan autonomy.

The United States warned Turkey not to invade Syria and not to engage the Kurdish fighters and the United States was creating a new 30,000 strong Kurdish border led force to secure Kurdish controlled areas.

Erdogan was furious about the project, he believes the Kurdish fighters are no better than the ISIS fighters and that the United States is simply trying to control Turkey.

“One must be a fool not to understand that this treacherous project’s target is Turkey.  They refused to give arms to us with money but they are giving weapons to the terrorist organization free of charge. Why are we strategic partners? Why are we strategic allies?” ~ Erdogan

Turkey, on Sunday, in defiance of the U.S., sent tanks and warplanes across the border to engage the Kurdish forces from a border enclave they control. The offensive on Afrin has strained ties with Washington and complicated Russian efforts to end Syria’s seven-year civil war by threatening to open a new front.

AlJazeera Reports, US-led coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said its forces weren’t active in Syria’s Afrin area.

“We are not operating in Afrin. We are supporting our partners in defeating remaining ISIS pockets along the Middle Euphrates River Valley,” Dillon was quoted as saying.

Al Jazeera asked the US-led coalition, formally known as Operation Inherent Resolve, if it would intervene on behalf of the YPG if Turkey targets Afrin.

“It would be inappropriate and irresponsible to speculate on hypothetical situations,” the Public Affairs Office responded in an email.

Russia has reportedly pulled back its forces in an effort to prevent accidental clashes. But it still controls the airspace over Afrin and could step in at any time. Assad is furious with Erdogan, and so too, presumably, are his puppet-masters in Iran. Damascus has threatened to hit back militarily – especially if Erdogan pursues his threat to advance east towards Manbij, another Kurdish stronghold.

Turkey’s leader is now almost totally isolated internationally – but appears not to care.

According to the Guardian“The Turkish army wants through these military operations to inspire fear among civilians to force them from their lands and lay the ground for occupying the city,” the YPG branch in Afrin said in a statement, adding that it held both Ankara and Moscow accountable for the “massacres that will be committed in Afrin”.

Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.





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