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.
15 thoughts on “Report: Turkish Troops Enter Syria to Stop Kurdish Advance”
Turkey is not only sheltering, training, supplying, transporting and maintaining ISIS. Turkey is NOW PROTECTING ISIS from the Kurds!!!!!!
The Kurds aren’t the good people either… the Kurds burned down entire Arab villages that are occupied by the IS.
I like how you dance away from what Turkey is doing and thereby blaming someone else for what Turkey is doing.
You should enter politics! Politicians never give a straight answer either!
Neither Turkey nor the Kurds are good. I’m just against further intervention like what some of the other commenters are advocating.
you should stick to your 3d face analysis, I’m presuming your at least adequate in that field!
I’m not blaming someone else for what Turkey is doing, as there was no proof that the motive for Turkey to do this was in response to (real or alleged) Kurdish brutality. My initial response was not an attempt to refute the ideas stated in your comment.
Time for Russia to support Syria in its “right to defend its territory”.
BTW, if this is true it’s time for NATO to declare Turkey a state sponsor of terrorism and kick it out of NATO. But, I’m not holding my breath.
Ghost ship and desertspeaks, I agree with the both of you 100% .. Turkey’s the problem, with its aid to ISIS and invasion of Syria to stop
Syrian Kurds from annihilating ISIS.
Time for NATO to step up to the plate, declare Turkey a state sponsor of terrorism and kick it out of the organization. Should NATO fail to do that, Russia has to step up its fight with ISIS and drive the Turks back to their own country.
Perhaps the Chinese army can be invited to assist the Syrians , and NATO will flee Syria in the face of Russian and Chinese troops lined up at the Turkish border.
I believe that’s already happened, Mark; but, how NATO will react, I cannot say .. perhaps, they will flee and leave Turkey to its fate .. that is, if the insane Erdogan doesn’t stand down.
In any event, the conflict will be dicey,
There may be some Chinese Army soldiers there in an advisory capacity, but I’m talking 100,000 PLA, in the field with Armor, artillery, helicopter gunships, in plain sight ,etc.
Sounds like things are going to be dicey, Mark .. but, just remember, Russia (and the SAA), along with the Kurds, have the upper hand .. especially, Russia. The Russians deployed S-400 systems throughout the region, and they have the most advanced aircraft, to boot.
Also add its Navy, which have deployed its latest warships in both the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas. The cruisers are equipped with the most advanced cruise missiles in the world .. they’re supersonic, and have the capacity of flying over 1,000 miles to their target(s). Already, two cruisers deployed in the Caspian had launched a series of these cruise missiles; and they hit their targets with pinpoint accuracy.
Erdogan had better back off, or Turkey is toast. The USSA/NATO lacks the advanced weaponry that Russia possesses .. they’re not about to get their own troops slaughtered, just to defend a rogue state that supports and aids Daesh and other Takfiris.
Russia shouldn’t support Syria. The brutality of the Syrian regime is one of the reasons for the existence of ISIS in the first place. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that the U.S. should intervene either.
From the imperial point of view, more chaos is better.
Indeed, the Romans used to think building an empire meant creating order, so it is strange how it has become a policy of creating chaos.
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