Following Thursday’s announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron that he is sending special forces to the Syrian city of Manbij to back up the US-led coalition, including Kurdish YPG, against potential Turkish attacks, Turkey is threatening France.
Turkish officials declared Macron’s announcement to be the “completely wrong approach,” and to amount to support for terrorism. Deputy PM Bekir Bozdag added that France would “become a target of Turkey” if they keep cooperating with the Kurds.
This adds yet more complexity to the situation around Manbij, and marks just the latest in a series of threats by Turkey to attack other major NATO member nations inside Syria. Turkey has been vehemently anti-Kurdish, and has been demanding the US stop backing them for years with similar threats.
The threats are a lot more immediate now, however, with Turkey and its allies in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) preparing to attack Manbij. In addition to the Kurds in Manbij, the US and Britain both have troops within, as well as French troops en route.
That puts four heavy-spending NATO members in close proximity, with one of them clearly spoiling for a fight against the other three. Though clearly there are very good reasons for Turkey not to start this fight, they have invested heavily in the rhetoric of this attack against Manbij being part of a war on terror, and show no signs of backing away from that narrative.
4 thoughts on “Turkey Threatens to Attack French Forces in Syria For Backing Kurds”
Sinjar beckons. Turkey isn’t in any position to defy core NATO members anyway.
Isolating American Kurdistan seems like the best bet for now.
Not much is written about how infiltrated the PKK is by the U.S. and Globalist intel, but the PKK has been both ambitious and successful in setting up affiliate groups in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Either they are very good or very aided, not necessarily both.
I think Turkey is in a very strong position, they can escalate further and faster than France. Turkey is hesitant to attack Kurdish areas with a lot of American forces. Americans are good at fighting back and standing ground when they have a lot of air support. However, a Kurdish area with only a few French ground forces and little hope of air support? They’d be easy targets.
Would France really be fighting alone? They are already partnered with the U.S. in the African Sahel.
Hybrid war is not a stand-up battlefield war. Does Turkey want Turkish workers kicked out of France? Or a trade war with France? In these soft power areas, France has the leverage while the U.S. has almost none. Sending in the French is not as dumb as it sounds.
Cheap labour can be made up for from Eastern Europe, while agricultural goods had from Israel, the U.S. and the rest of Europe not selling to Russia anymore. East-West polarization is well underway, which benefits the globalists who have their own play-both-sides plans..
Globalist NATO is more furious with Turkey than U.S. nationalists, for trying to play for the best deal between East and West. The Euros appear to want Turkey to choose between East and West or leave, then leave anyways.
We ordered France to inject troops there so we can say, it isn’t about “us”.
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