Sleboda is sceptical about claims of a rapprochment
invades sovereign #Syria after
6 yrs of failed proxy war under US air cover with the pretext of
with Russia" and "Eurasian pivot", my ass...
just got fucking played by Erdogan and US. Big time.”
found this a telling comment on Mark's FB timeline:
the Iranian defense ministers statements, I got the impression from
him that this back and forth kowtowing to the US is what was irking
them. I guess they feel that if they're going to stick their necks
out and break with their long held tradition of not allowing foreign
militaries on their soil, it had better be for a trusted ally who
will respect this and view Iran as a real partner. I think Iran
probably feels the minute there's reproachment hinted at from the EU
and US towards Russia, Putin will simply throw Iran under the bus.”
Ankara-backed rebels launch op to retake Syrian town from ISIS
has begun a military operation with the aim of retaking the Syrian
town of Jarablus from the hands of the Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL),
state-run press agency Anadolu Agency reported. The Turkish army is
reportedly backing Islamist rebels fighting IS.
military employed intense artillery fire against Islamic State
fighters in Jarabulus, officials told the Turkish media.The
troops managed to get close to the town quickly, with reports saying
that the troops are just 5 kilometers way.
operation is receiving air support. The Turkish air force has hit IS
targets in northern Syria, according to Anadolu.
in Jarabulus aims to prevent new flows of migration, deliver aid to
civilians, clear area of terrorist elements,” the news agency
tweeted. The military advance began at around 4 a.m. local
time. The decision to move in on Jarabulus is said to have
come after a number of mortar bombs hit a residential Turkish area
near the Syrian border on Tuesday morning.
other reports have pointed to the fact that it comes at a time when a
US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters is also making a push
toward the border town.
Kurdish-led force has taken full control of nearby Manbij by driving
IS militants out of the city, which was used by terrorists to smuggle
weapons and goods.
has been concerned over the autonomy of Kurds in Syria as Kurdish
People’s Protection Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party of
Syria (PYD), with the help of American-led airstrikes, continue to
capture vast swathes of territory in northern Syria, which borders
Kurdish-dominated southeast Turkey, where Ankara has engaged the
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a brutal military campaign for over
a year. Turkey has repeatedly stressed that it would not
tolerate Kurds staying west of the Euphrates River, with YPG-PYD
advances in northern Syria remaining the key security issue for
Ankara. The Turkish government has labeled both groups as terrorist
organizations, despite their fierce efforts in fighting Islamic