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HELPING ISIS: Turkish Troops Enter Syria to Halt Kurdish YPG Advance

21st Century Wire says…

Once again Turkey, and by default Washington DC, reveals its true agenda for Syria – and it doesn’t involve ousting ISIS.

As 21WIRE reported last week, Turkey and Britain’s top priority is to secure key oil transit points in both Syria and Iraq.

In addition to this, NATO member state Turkey has another, albeit darker agenda – to contain and reduce Kurdish militia forces’ ability to counter ISIS, al Nusra and other terrorist brigades – all of whom Turkey shares common military and political objectives for Syria…


Turkish Commandos arrive on the ground in Iraq to secure oil transit points (Image Source: Wikicommons)

Jason Ditz
Antiwar.com

According to Turkish media reports, a “large number” of Turkish troops have crossed the border into neighboring Syria, moving into ISIS-held Jarabulus uncontested by ISIS forces, and were said to be preparing to fight against Kurdish YPG forces advancing against the town.

The report comes just a day after Turkish forces bombed a YPG headquarters in Tel Abyad, and Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to prevent the Kurds from crossing the Euphrates River at Jarabulus at all costs.

The report, however, suggests they moved right into ISIS territory without any skirmishes, and if confirmed are likely to raise more speculation that the Turkish government is secretly working with Islamist factions against the Kurds.

YPG spokesman Habun Osman accused Turkey of attacking YPG forces in Tel Abyad specifically to help ISIS, saying they’d never made any direct operations until the Kurdish militia neared Jarabulus. Turkey has repeatedly warned the US against helping the Kurds in taking the city from ISIS.

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files



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  • fred

    I think we may be witnessing the opening gambit of a Turkish incursion into Syria on the pretext of going after ISIS on the Syrian border(which they, of course, rely on as a supply route). If so then we can expect a quick and deadly response from Russia (who are determined to close the borders) – but I imagine a scenario where NATO suckers Turkey in to doing the equivalent of what Saddam did in Kuwait – i.e. signed his own death warrant! Turkey is being destabilized by NATO, it’s all part of the plan…
    Cheers Fred

  • James

    Re: If so then we can expect a quick and deadly response from Russia (who are determined to close the borders)
    Russia Insider:
    “Russia and the United States have discussed the plan, and Russia
    has agreed not to obstruct Turkey’s efforts so long as Ankara does not
    try to expand the buffer zone to the Mediterranean Sea — a stipulation Turkey has reportedly acquiesced to.”
    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/turkish-forces-moves-syria-how-will-russia-respond/ri12343

    I find this hard to believe. Is Russia really that foolish and trusting of the West?

    • fred

      Hi James, I share your distrust of the West, believe me, but I think the Russian view is very pragmatic. They have utterly destroyed the advances of the mercenaries and got them on the run – they know that if they cannot make ‘pacts’ to allow the situation to return to peace then this whole thing will just run and run. So I imagine that there is a ‘temporary’ agreement to allow a safe ‘corridor’ for retreating jihadi’s – but I imagine it will not last long!
      Cheers F

  • James

    Comment at Russia Insider–hits the nail on the head:

    I have just read the article, posted 3 hours ago, in which the
    lugubrious Sergei Lavrov states categoreically, for the record, that
    Russias fight with ISIS will continue until the Annihilation of the the
    ISIS mercenary force is accomplished. Yet Russia in effect agrees to the
    Turks invading their ally to set up a “buffer” zone (read ISIS safe
    haven) at Jarabulus, in Syria. Why did the Syrian government not veto
    this outrage? Why is Turkey not setting up the safe haven for its
    terrorists on Turkish soil? Something very, very, wrong here.

  • TStephen

    If I were in Putin’s shoes, I’d bomb the hell out of those Turkish troops and then say, “WTF were they doing in Syria?!” when Erdogan (and by default, D.C.) gets his Islamic Jihadist panties in a twist.