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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Moving on to events in Northwestern Syria and the Afrin Region.

The Turkish armored divisions poised to eliminate Kurds from the gene pool have been dealt another in a series of setbacks that make them appear essentially helpless.

The Syrian state-run SANA news agency earlier in the day that said Syrian government forces and their allies would enter Afrin "within a few hours to support its people's (Kurdish) stand against Turkish regime's attack". The report by SANA raised fears of a potential clash between Turkish troops and Syrian forces, which are backed by Russia and Iran.

The Kurds are saying that they have no deal with Damascus and have the situation well in hand. The Syrians are using the Turkish invasion to move in from behind, take up positions and in a sense, 're-take' the Afrin Canton from the position of total Kurdish control that it now enjoys. In essence, to repatriate the region to Syria rather than Kurdistan.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, speaking at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, said his country would hit back if Assad's forces intervened in Afrin to help the YPG.

"If the regime is entering to protect the YPG, then no one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish soldiers," he said.

Turkey is full of bluster because the Russians are sending anti-aircraft rocket artillery in with the Syrian Army, which will prohibit the Turks from enjoying air supremacy in the Afrin City area.


8 comments:

  1. In essence, to repatriate the region to Syria rather than Kurdistan. I've got to say this move puzzles me. I'm under the impression that nobody in the region particularly likes the Kurds, which makes this like Syria saying, "they may be apostates, but they're our apostates".

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    1. That is EXACTLY what they're saying.

      The long game in Syria is to unify the nation. A unified Syria is a rarity that nobody has seen EVER, but that's the goal. The Syria of the 1960's-1990's was a system of military domination and ascendency of the Alawites. That won't work anymore. Damascus can't unify the country without the Kurds buying off on it. A semi-independent Kurdish area is the compromise that they're talking about in Damascus. The Kurds are mistrustful.

      The Syrian Kurds are not the Iraqi Kurds or the Iranian Kurds. Each of these groups have their own agenda. At present the Kurds are keeping the Turks out with the support of superior US Weapons. The Assad administration (with Russian advisors) suggests that working with the Kurds to help them push the Turks out of Syria is the best way forward.

      That's what's happening today.

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  2. Cheeky Syrian move. Likely their success will mirror the Turks.

    For once it seems our adversaries are committing large resources and our surrogates/allies are bleeding them with little cost to us.

    Somebody in the Trump Administration studying British colonial tactics?

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    1. It's no longer the Bush or Obama Administration.

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  3. I don't know much about the Kurds but I do know that thwarting Sultan Erdogan's new caliphate is a good thing.

    Remove Kebab.

    https://youtu.be/g_jCIe9OVZ8

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    1. The Kurds stood with us. We need to stand with them.

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  4. Heh... NOW it gets interesting...

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