soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army, aided by popular forces,
have driven back the militants in the province of Aleppo
and lifted the blockade from the settlements of Nubul and
az-Zahra that were besieged for over four years.”
Toprak, member of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) who has
served as the MP for Istanbul’s third electoral district since
2011, pointed out that the recent visit of the Turkish Prime Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu to Saudi Arabia has strangely coincided with the
start of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva, as well as with the
worsening of Ankara’s relations with Moscow following the alleged
violation of Turkish airspace by a Russian Su-34 warplane.
a weekly report by the parliamentary team he leads, Toprak also noted
that President Erdogan’s visit to Riyadh in December 2015 was
immediately followed by an announcement heralding the creation of the
Islamic military coalition, and that Turkey immediately offered to
presence Hulusi Akar, Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed
Forces, among the people accompanying Davutoglu to Riyadh, as well as
a group photograph featuring Akar posing together with a top Saudi
official while wearing army fatigues and boots, sends a clear
message: the Turkish Armed Forces are ready to take the lead role in
a possible ground military action in Syria,” Toprak surmised.
also added that the Syrian Kurds’ decision not to abide by the
agreements reached during the Syrian peace talks, due to them being
excluded from the negotiation process, “drastically increases the
possibility of Turkish military invading Syria and clashing with
Kurdish forces. It also increases the probability of an open conflict
between Turkey and Russia, and possibly the US, as the latter two
countries support the Kurds.”
also said out that a recent meeting of a team of Western military and
diplomatic officials led by the US envoy Brett McGurk, also served as
a show of support and a message both for the Kurds and Ankara. The US
is likely warning Turkey that if the latter attempts to invade Syria
to prevent the Kurds from uniting, it will end up facing more than
just the Kurdish forces.
International further reports:
is happening on the Turkish-Syrian border gives grounds to think that
Turkey is preparing a military invasion in Syria, Russian Defense
Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
have good reasons to believe that Turkey is actively preparing for a
military invasion of a sovereign state – the Syrian Arab Republic.
We’re detecting more and more signs of Turkish armed forces being
engaged in covert preparations for direct military actions in Syria,”
Konashenkov told media.
current activity at the Turkish-Syrian border suggest that Turkey
prepares to invade Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor
Konashenkov said Thursday.
also said that earlier the Russian Defense Ministry provided the
international community with irrefutable video evidence of Turkish
self-propelled artillery units shelling Syrian settlements in the
northern part of Latakia province.
perplexed by the fact that the usually talkative representatives of
the Pentagon, NATO and of the groups allegedly protecting the rights
of Syrian people remain silent despite our calls to react to these
actions,” Konashenkov remarked.
also pointed out that the Russian Defense Ministry has intensified
all types of surveillance activity in the Middle East.
if someone in Ankara thinks that cancelling a Russian observation
flight would help conceal something, that is just the mark of an
amateur,” Konashenkov said.
refusal to allow a Russian inspection flight over its territory is an
attempt to conceal Ankara’s illegal military activity on the border
with Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
steps, taken by a NATO member-country, undermine confidence- and
security-building measures in Europe,” ministry’s spokesman Maj.
Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
are considering Turkey’s move as a dangerous precedent and an
attempt to hide its illegal military activity on the border with
Syria,” Konashenkov stressed.
supplies weapons and recruits to the terrorists in the northeastern
regions of Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov
would like to point out another instance of provocative actions
perpetrated by Turkey on the Syrian border. On this image you can see
a checkpoint at the Turkish-Syrian border in the Reyhanli-Sarmada
region. This very checkpoint is being used during nighttime to
smuggle militants and weapons from the Turkish territory to the
terrorists who seized control of the cities of Idlib and Aleppo in
the Syrian northeast,” Konashenkov told media.
also remarked that the US and NATO partners label these caravans as
‘humanitarian convoys’. He pointed out that Turkish journalists
who attempt to determine the nature of the cargo that is being
transported by said convoys often end up imprisoned by the
also compared the photographs of the cargo truck parking areas in one
of the border regions between Turkey and Syria where the Syrian side
is currently being controlled by the terrorists, taken on October 26,
2015 and on January 30, 2016.
parking lots were actually expanded and even outfitted with security
measures by someone. Also, these lots look like they see a lot of
traffic. During peacetime, that would look like a sign of an increase
in trade turnover between the two neighbors. But during war, this is
how one prepares transport infrastructure for the imminent military
invasion,” he explained.
to Konashekov, such lots can be used to facilitate swift advance of
military columns carrying weapons and munitions to the battlefield,
and also to rapidly deploy and extract military personnel.
are plenty of similar sightings on the border between Turkey and
Syria, including the presence of the military hardware and personnel.
Therefore, even though Ankara cancelled our observation flight, that
won’t help conceal the illegal Turkish military activity in the
region,” he concluded.
Russian top diplomat stressed that anti-terrorism efforts, as well as
Syrian settlement are of principal importance for Russia
Saudis 'Ready' to Send Troops Into Syria
says it is ready to send ground forces into Syria if 'asked' by the
US. What -- ISIS needs backup?
all accounts, Saudi-supported "moderate" rebels are
steadily losing ground to the Syrian Arab Army and its allies.
Earlier today it
was reported that
Syrian forces had successfully carved out a corridor between its main
territory held in Aleppo and a tiny Shia enclave adjacent to a larger
Kurdish enclave on Turkish border, effectively ending
a 3-year siege.
In plain English, this means that Syria is one step closer to finally
sealing its porous border with Turkey.
sealed border would mean that weapons and "moderates" would
no longer be able to skip into Syria unmolested.
Saudis have invested heavily in this war, and now they're on the
verge of losing everything. Even with a disastrous "intervention"
raging in Yemen, Riyadh has
now pledged to send ground forces into Syria, but only if "asked":
is pure desperation. But more importantly, it's a public declaration
from the Saudis that they are prepared to turn a (rather transparent)
proxy war into a direct confrontation with Syria, Iran and Russia.
we know this is quaint to point out, but the Saudis would be
"fighting ISIS" in Syria
the past few hours, the Kurdish YPG have captured Khuraybah and
Shatal az Ziyarah villages from various Islamist rebel factions
including Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria).
troops have taken control of the mill directly south of Dayr al-Jamal
while preliminary (unconfirmed) reports indicate that YPG has also
stormed the southern district of Dayr al-Jamal town itself.
today, Syrian government troops captured Kafr Naya and Mayir from
Islamist rebels amidst a large scale government offensive launched
from Aleppo city towards the former enclave of Nubl and al-Zahraa.
Both offensives have been heavily aided by hundreds of Russian
airstrikes over the past few days that have forced Islamist rebels to
retreat from village after village.
Not long ago, a YPG official
announced that the Kurdish fighters of the YPG and Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF) intend to capture Azaz city from Islamist rebels as well
as Jarablus city from ISIS militants as to connect Efrin in
northwestern Syria with Kobane and Hasakah further east.
If this plan
succeeds, Kurdish forces will be in control of the vast majority of
the Turkish-Syrian border while both ISIS and Islamist rebels with be
left short of their former Turkish supply lines.