• Turkey May Invade Syria, but to Stop the Kurds, Not IS

    June 30, 2015

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    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be planning to invade northern Syria to prevent Kurds from forming their own state there.



    Turkey to Invade Syria

    In a speech last Friday, Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains against Islamic State (IS). “We will never allow the establishment of a state on our southern border in the north of Syria,” Erdogan said. “We will continue our fight in that respect whatever the cost may be.” He accused Syrian Kurds of ethnic cleansing in Syrian areas under their control.

    Reports are Erdogan will send the Turkish army into Syria. Up to 18,000 soldiers would take and hold a strip of territory up to 20 miles deep and 60 miles long that currently is held by IS. It stretches from close to the Kurdish-controlled city of Kobani in the east to an area further west held by the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups, beginning around the town of Mare. The “Mare Line” is to be secured with Turkish ground troops, artillery and air cover.



    Why This Matters

    — Turkey is entering the fighting in a big way. Turkey, a NATO country, is unilaterally and under dubious “defensive” standards invading another nation. Yeah, it’s 2015 that kind of thing happens pretty much all the time now, but it is still sort of worth noting.

    — Turkey is fighting the Kurds, a group whom the U.S. arms and supports as an anti-IS force. Anything Turkey does to weaken the Kurdish forces is in opposition to U.S. policy, may strengthen IS in the long run and may provoke some sort of political mess between Turkey and the U.S.

    — Turkish troops could easily get caught up in the general fighting now going on among IS, the Kurds and Syrian government troops, stepping smartly thus into the Syrian quagmire. Retaliation attacks by IS and/or Kurdish militants on Turkish territory may follow.

    — Kurdish forces supported by the U.S. elsewhere in Iraq may move against Turkey. This will weaken their efforts against IS in Iraq (a U.S. goal) and place additional pressure on the U.S. over whether or not to further arm, train and support them with air power.

    — NATO troops operating U.S.-supplied Patriot missiles near the Syrian border to shield member country Turkey against air attacks from Syria will be forced to either stand down completely, or try and discriminate in shooting back at an increasing crowded sky full of ambiguous good guys and bad guys.

    — Short version: a very messy situation will be getting worse.



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    • John Poole said...

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      Where is Oliver Hardy now that his admonishment to Stan Laurel seems to apply to everything the USA does today? Are we laughing yet or still wincing in disbelief?

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      06/30/15 12:53 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Barack Hussein Hardy to Stan McChrystal: “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.” Laurel and Hardy do a Groundhog Day sequel watching to see if ISIS sees its shadow or not in Iraq thus foretelling how many more years we have left before we can leave. The answer is of course blowing in the desert wind.
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      06/30/15 2:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      Rather dan humorous, like Laurel AND Hardy it’s all Syriassly DEAD. When viewed from the perspective of an undeclared, Ongoing WORLD WAR by Oceania on Two FRONTS (Meggido in Eurasia, from Ukraine to horn of Africa; and the “Pacific”, surrounding EastAsia) by its Saudomized USraeli E卐CEϟϟ Of EVIl, coalition of the Wahhabi; it is identical to the fascist campaigns of conquest of its precedent world conflagration. Only now, U卐’ is overtly joining Germany and Japan together in TOJObama’s Grater East/Eurasia C0-Austerity $pears (TPA, TPP, TTIP, TiSA, et al), pointed at the head and heart of Asia! PNAC attacks, My Aϟϟ !!

      06/30/15 3:06 PM | Comment Link

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