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Post by rocky Fri 26 Aug 2016, 3:53 am

Turkish troops fire on U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria offensive
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KARKAMIS, Turkey,— Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against Kurdish advances and reportedly against Islamic State.
Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]Jarablus, one of Islamic State’s last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, on Wednesday.
But President Tayyip [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and senior government officials have made clear the aim of “Operation Euphrates Shield” is as much about stopping the Kurdish YPG militia seizing territory and filling the void left by Islamic State as it is about eliminating the ultra-hardline Islamist group itself.

A Turkish security source said the army shelled the People’s Protection Units (YPG) south of Jarablus. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu agency described the action as warning shots.
Gunfire and explosions echoed around hills in the region on Thursday, a day after the incursion first began.
Turkey has [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] that the YPG retreat to the east side of the Euphrates river within a week. The Kurdish militia had moved west of the river earlier this month as part of a U.S.-backed operation, now completed, to capture the city of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] from Islamic State.
Ankara views the YPG as a threat because of its close links to Kurdish militants waging a three-decade-old insurgency on its own soil. It has been alarmed by the YPG’s gains in northern Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, fearing it could extend Kurdish control along Turkish borders and fuel the ambitions of Kurdish insurgents in Turkey.
Turkey which still denies the constitutional existence of its own Kurds fears the creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syrian Kurdistan — similar to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq — would spur the separatist ambitions of Turkey’s own Kurds.
Washington regards the Kurdish YPG as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with air support as well as the military advisers. The Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State.
Syrian Kurds have [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin and a Kurdish government across Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) in 2013.  On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] a federal region in Syrian Kurdistan.
The Syrian Kurdish force is one of the most powerful militias in Syria and regarded as the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed alliance formed last October to fight Islamic State.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said the Kurdish PYD party, the political arm of the YPG, wanted to unite Kurdish-controlled cantons east of Jarablus with those further west. “We cannot let this happen,” he said.
“Islamic State should be completely cleansed, this is an absolute must. But it’s not enough for us … The PYD and the YPG militia should not replace Islamic State there,” Isik told Turkish broadcaster NTV.

Salih Muslim, head of the Kurdish PYD, said on Wednesday that Turkey was entering a “[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]” in Syria and faced defeat there like Islamic State. Redur Xelil, spokesman for the YPG, said the intervention was a “blatant aggression in Syrian internal affairs”.
After seizing Jarablus, the Turkish-backed rebels have advanced up to 10 km (6 miles) south of the border town, rebel sources and a group monitoring the war said.
But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said Kurdish-backed forces opposed by Ankara had gained up to 8 km of ground northwards, apparently seeking to pre-empt advances by the rebels.

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PKK says Turkey aims to attack Kurds in Syria, not Islamic State
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QANDIL,— The Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK Executive Committee member Murat Karayilan stated that Syria’s Jarablus was handed over to Turkey-affiliated groups as part of an agreement with the Islamic State (IS), and the target of the operation was Syrian Kurdistan [Rojava] and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF.
Karayilan said that Europe would be affected by the aforementioned agreement the most because IS would be able to freely go to Europe via Istanbul.
Below is the first section of the statement Murat Karayilan made to ANF on the Turkish state’s attacks on Syrian Kurdistan:

The operation of FSA groups on Jarablus was announced Thursday morning. What is the actual goal of the operation, codenamed ‘Euphrates Shield’ and supported by the Turkish army?
The action is not an [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or a military movement. It is rather the result of an agreement between the AKP government and IS. IS evacuated the area between Jarablus and Azaz, so what is happening is an exchange rather than a military operation. The public is being manipulated into thinking that there was a great military operation and IS was forced to leave. These are all lies. IS evacuated the area in advance as part of the aforementioned agreement. IS has never abandoned a town in 1 day without putting up a fight. If IS had resisted in Jarablus like it did in Manbij, they would not have been able to enter the town in even two months.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN JARABLUS IS AN EXCHANGE, NOT AN OPERATION
So you are saying that Jarablus was exchanged?
Even exchange is not completely accurate because there is not much difference between IS and Al-Nusra. As we saw in the past, Al-Nusra members can join IS within a day. They do this transfer in groups, not individually. They just change their banners. In this sense, IS commanders left Jarablus in advance and local cadres joined Al-Nusra. IS had taken Jarablus in a similar exchange. So there is not conflict or war here, just an agreed-upon exchange. The IS members there are now in Al-Nusra, and the known IS commanders withdrew to Al-Bab. What is happening is an exchange rather than a military operation. The reports on clashes are manioulative lies.
EUROPE WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE JARABLUS AGREEMENT THE MOST
Europe will be affected by the Jarablus agreement the most. With this agreement, IS guaranteed its access to Europe and the rest of the world. The main problem of IS is to have access to the rest of the world, so that its members can go to Europe, the Caucuses and the rest of the world. IS and Al-Nusra have always been intertwined, Al-Nusra will now control the Turkish border and IS will be able to use the border anytime its members travel through Istanbul. As part of this agreement, IS handed over the area from Jarablus to Rai to Turkey and FSA-affiliated groups. These groups are under the influence of Al-Nusra.
This is a dangerous agreement that will extend the lifespan of IS. IS had seen that it was difficult to defend the border with Turkey, and realized that it could not stop the advance of SDF forces after the liberation of Manbij. This is why it agreed to do this exchange. Turkey has always been actively involved in these dynamics and created the grounds for keeping the international channels of IS open in a secret manner. In this sense, the agreement causes grave dangers to Europe and the rest of the world because the threat of IS will not decrease.
US officials state that they have accepted this frame you have mentioned.
It is a mistake for the US political ruling to accept and support this agreement. The US officials, mainly the military, know very well that it will be difficult to weaken IS unless the Turkey-IS border is strictly closed. Now, in this way, the international channel and base of IS is kept open in a covered manner. From this perspective, it is a serious mistake which will harm Europe and Russia the most. The harms will come further to light in the coming period.
IS AN EXCUSE, KURDS THE MAIN TARGET
What was the level of Turkish army’s participation in this operation? Did Turkish Special Forces join the operation as is stated?
Through a military operation based on this agreement, Turkish army crossed the border and entered the Syrian land. Still, this is not the first time Turkish army is crossing over to Syrian soil. Special forces of the Turkish army have anyway been staying on Syrian lands, but secretly, since 2013. The Iranian state is in Syria, officially or semi-officially, at the moment, so is the Hezbollah in an open-official way to support the Syrian regime, and Russia as well. Turkey has also been present in Syria, but secretly up to date. Furthermore, Turkey is on the side of being a party in the internal affairs of Syria, even widely. Through this agreement with the IS, Turkey has entered the Syrian land officially.
What is the goal at this point?
Erdoğan has already highlighted the goal. The target of this operation is not IS or any other groups, but rather the Syrian Kurds. Turkish officials are frequently mentioning the PYD but PYD is a political party in Rojava and it is not the only ruler of the cantons there which involve various communities, faith groups and dozens of Kurdish organisations.
The operation to enter Syrian land is actually a step taken against Kurds. If this is meant to be called an operation, then it is an operation developed against Kurds and the democratisation of Syria. It has revealed, once again, the AKP’s enmity towards Kurds and its racist mentality.
Syrian Kurds with a population of three millions, constituting the smallest faction of the Kurdish society, have been under the repression of the Ba’ath regime for the past 50 years. And now, a federation has emerged in Syria, people from various folks and cultures are establishing self-governance and canton structures. Under these conditions, it is a natural right for Kurds to develop such structures. Still, Turkey stands against it, arguing that ‘Syria will be a federation but this will not include Kurds’. This much enmity and racism from any organisation, state and nation is literally beyond any guess or expectation, it is unprecedented. AKP clearly states that their target is the IS -which is a lie- and PYD. What AKP is doing today is an open intervention on Syrian land on the basis of Kurdish enmity.

THIS IS AN ATTACK ON KURDS
This is at the same time an attack targeting all Kurds. All Kurds should see and know this truth, and develop an attitude against this racist approach. Turkey indicates PYD’s relation with the PKK as the cause of all this. This discourse is a total lie. President Apo is a leader from Kurdistan who has a project addressing to four parts of Kurdistan and the entire Middle East. There are many organisations established on the basis of ideas of this historic leadership. This is not limited only PYD or others in Rojava. There are groups giving an Apoist struggle in Arab countries as well. Even in Latin America and Argentine, there are some efforts being made to found parties based on Apoist philosophy. Can we argue that all these are affiliated with PKK? Not, for sure.
Here, Turkey puts forward this discourse, i.e. PYD being affiliated to PKK, to straiten PYD in international arena. They wage an open Kurdish enmity on the pretext of PYD. They themselves state this clearly without covering it up anymore. This much enmity is thought-provoking.

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Turkey sends more tanks to Syria’s north, demands Kurdish fighters retreat
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KARKAMIS, Turkey,— Turkey sent more tanks into northern Syria on Thursday and demanded Kurdish militia fighters retreat within a week as it seeks to secure the border region and drive back Islamic State with its first major incursion into its neighbor.
Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes on Wednesday [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]Jarablus, one of Islamic State’s last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, in a U.S.-backed offensive. Gunfire and explosions echoed around hills in the region on Thursday.
President Tayyip Erdogan and senior government officials have made clear the aim of “Operation Euphrates Shield” is as much about stopping the Kurdish YPG militia seizing territory and filling the void left by Islamic State as about eliminating the radical Islamist group itself.

At least nine more Turkish tanks entered northern Syria on Thursday as part of an operation aimed at driving Islamic State out of the border area around Jarablus and stopping Kurdish militia fighters from seizing territory, Reuters witnesses said.
A senior Turkish official said there were now more than 20 Turkish tanks inside Syria and that additional tanks and construction machinery would be sent in as required.
“We need construction machinery to open up roads … and we may need more in the days ahead. We also have armored personnel carriers that could be used on the Syrian side. We may put them into service as needed,” the official said.
It was not immediately clear if the deployment of the new tanks on Thursday was aimed at securing Jarabulus or helping the rebels move into new territory.
But a Turkish official said on Wednesday that Ankara would “continue operations until we are convinced that imminent threats against the country’s national security have been neutralised.”
The well-connected columnist of the Hurriyet daily, Abdulkadir Selvi, said the aims of the operation included creating a security zone free of “terror groups” and limiting the advances of Kurdish militia.
He said 450 members of the Turkish military had been on the ground on the first day of the offensive but this number could rise to 15,000.
The Hurriyet daily, citing military sources, said 100 IS militants had been killed in the offensive. It is not possible to independently verify the toll.
State-run news agency Anadolu said one rebel fighter was killed but the Turkish armed forces sustained no losses.
Jarabulus, a small town on the west bank of the Euphrates a couple of kilometres (miles) south of the border, had been held by IS jihadists since the summer of 2013.
Turkey has emphasised that the offensive was also aimed at the YPG, who Ankara sees as a terror group bent on carving out an autonomous region in Syria.
Ankara views the YPG as an extension of Kurdish militants who have fought a three-decade insurgency on its own soil, putting it at odds with Washington, which sees the group as an ally in the fight against Islamic State.
Turkey which still denies the constitutional existence of its own Kurds fears the creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syrian Kurdistan — similar to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq — would spur the separatist ambitions of Turkey’s own Kurds.
Washington regards the Kurdish YPG, the PYD military wing, as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with air support as well as the military advisers. The Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday that YPG fighters were [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] to the east of the Euphrates river, a red line for Turkey, foreign ministry sources in Ankara said.
Speaking during a visit on Wednesday to Turkey, a key NATO ally with the alliance’s second-biggest armed forces, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden also tried to soothe Turkish concerns about Kurdish territorial gains in Syria.

He said there should be no separate Kurdish entity in northern Syria and the country should remain united. Kurdish militia fighters would not receive U.S. support if they failed to pull back east of the Euphrates as promised, he said.
Ankara has in the past been accused of turning a blind eye to the rise of IS.
Syrian Kurds have [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin and a Kurdish government across Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) in 2013.  On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] a federal region in Syrian Kurdistan.

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