Declaration Of War? Erdogan Says Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad's Rule

Tyler Durden's picture

Having stated in the past that the only reason Turkish forces are on Syrian soil is to combat Islamic State terrorists, today Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a dramatic diplomatic reversal and said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.

“We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the Turkish president was quoted by Huyrriyet as saying at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is seeking to restore “justice.”

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice,” he said, taking a page out of the US playbook, which however in recent weeks has been muted following substantial advances by Syrian and Russian forces which as reported last night, have made material gains in the fight against Syrian rebels in east Aleppo.

Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus

Erdogan went on to say that “in his estimation” almost 1 million people have died in the conflict in Syria, although no monitoring group has provided any similar figures according to RT

The Turkish moral arbiter of all that is right also said that Turkey could not “endure” the unending killing of civilians and “had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army.

The Turkish leader also accused the UN of inability to influence the situation in Syria and said that the organization is ineffective in its current state. “The world is bigger than five,” he said, referring to the number of permanent members on the UN Security Council, as reported by Hurriyet.

As readers will recall, Turkish troops entered Syria on August 24, launching operation Euphrates Shield. Turkey deployed ground troops and air power to northern parts of its neighboring country, with what then was a stated goal of retaking areas held by Islamic State. However, many observers have said that Ankara aims to suppress Kurdish forces in Syria and prevent them from connecting three de facto autonomous Kurdish areas into one enclave south of the Turkish border.

In October, Turkey’s air forces killed between 160 and 200 fighters of the Kurdish YPG militia group in 26 airstrikes conducted in just one night. The Turkish military campaign in Syria has also led to increasingly strained relations with Assad’s government.

Ankara was forced to halt air support for its ground incursion into Syria on October 22, after Damascus vowed to shoot down Turkish Air Force planes in Syrian skies, accusing Turkey of violating its national sovereignty. Turkey in turn accused the Syrian Army of attacking FSA fighters in the northern Aleppo province.

The announcement is hardly a surprise, coming just one day after what we reported, is set to be Assad's biggest victory since the start of the Syrian war with the imminent capture of rebel-stronghold Aleppo, and whose eastern part had been some 40% "freed" from militants by Syrian government forces, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

In light of today's latest statement, which according to some is tantamount to a declaration of war by Turkey against a sovereign state, it is unclear what the Syrian response will be to the NATO member. It is also unclear how Russia - which is alligned with the Assad regime - will respond in light of recent overtures by both Erdogan and Putin to bring relations between the two nations closer.

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balz's picture

So... Russia is friend of Assad, is also friend of Turkey, and Turkey declares war on Assad.


knukles's picture

Well that shit didn't take long, did it Barry?

What a wonderful legacy to mankind the last 8 years, 16 years ... whatever.
If anybody thinks what's going on is reasonable, civil, OK, just another day or any such other platitude, they need some serious mental help.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Fuck Erdogan.  Throw him to the Russians.

cowdiddly's picture

Don't have to. He just cursed himself with the Assad Must go Omen. You know how many people who are gone that said that? Going all the way back to Sarkozy and King Abddulah and the latest our very own Obama and Kerry. Looks like Hollande and Merkle are next. Man, I lost count.

Assad is still here Bitchez.

I give Erdonut about 2 yrs max after that statement.

Life of Illusion's picture




“This is Turkey under Erdogan, who is actually very close to President Obama,” said Flynn, who served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in the Obama administration.

“If the military succeeds, one of the things that the military immediately said is, ‘We recognize our responsibilities with NATO, we recognize our responsibilities with the United Nations, we want to make sure that the world knows, we are, we want to be seen as a secular nation,'” continued Flynn, who appeared to believe at the time that secular members of Turkey’s army were carrying out the coup.

“That is worth clapping for,” he added.

Flynn also said that he had been in touch with a Turkish military counterpart who gave him information about the coup attempt, which was unsuccessful but left nearly 300 soldiers and civilians dead.

But Flynn came out against the coup in his Nov. 8 op-ed, published at The Hill.

manofthenorth's picture

Time to end our obligation to NATO,

with friends like these who needs enemies ??

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice,”

Maybe he should send his tanks to North Dakota to act on behalf of the Sioux.

Motasaurus's picture

Yeah, sure. I don't believe the story for a minute. Remember, right after the coup, when the tanks first rolled into Northern Syria to "fight ISIS", but all they really did was blow the shit out of the US/Israel backed Kurds? 

That went really well for about a week and a half until ISIS's US/Israeli handlers told them to get out of the oeprational area so that Turkey could be told to stop. 

Well now, Turkey has come up with a new excuse for fighting the Kurds. They're there to "get rid of Assad". And since the Kurds have refused to fight against Assad, they can reasonably be considered supporters of Assad and therefore are legitimate targets for "anti-Assad" operations. Had Turkey really started on a path of removing Assad the first and only thing we'd hear about it is how their ground forces were left a smoking ruin by Russian air forces.


beemasters's picture

It seems obvious now Putin isn't good at bringing the two leaders together. Russia would have more to gain having Turkey on his side defending Syria.

froze25's picture

This bastards are hell bent on starting up ww3. I don't see Putin turning his back on Assad, it would look bad and hurt his credibility with his other allies.

philipat's picture

Is Russia really going to risk Billions in building the Turkstream pipeline with such an "ally" who could and might very well switch off the flow at any whim? I doubt it. The more pragmatic/diplomatic approach would have been to reach a quiet agreement with Russia that it, Russia, would turn a blind eye to the Kurdish issue in N and NE Syria. But such is Erdogan. Now start again at line 1.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) philipat Nov 29, 2016 9:56 PM

Well, this is an interesting turn of events.  So, it's Turkey, the Saudis and Obama against Syria, Iran and Russia.  Obama surely told Erdogan that he has to win this in the next 45 days or its over.  Didn't he?

Suni and Shia will never get along until one or the other is wiped from the Earth.  If we are lucky they will wipe each other from the Earth.



Lex_Luthor's picture

It seems obvious now Putin isn't good at bringing the two leaders together. Russia would have more to gain having Turkey on his side defending Syria.


Certainly not. Russia must control Syria at ANY price otherwise there will be a gas pipeline from Qatar and Saudia Arabia supplying gas to European market in a New York minute.... so there goes ther vital European lucrative gas business. They cannot afford that in any scenario.

peddling-fiction's picture

This is starting to get confusing, unless... ...things are not the way they seem.

new game's picture

nato>turkey>usa>MIC>money>econ hit men visited elpresidante of turkey>complicance...

Slarti Bartfast's picture

As long as Russia doesn't want Qatar to have its nat gas pipeline through Syria, Russia will support Syria.

Victor von Doom's picture

No he wouldn’t. Russia has strategic assets in Syria and has had a military alliance for over 60 years.

Turkey has…internal problems to say the least.

Syria on the other hand doesn’t. It is being invaded by pro Israeli forces/dupes – ie external aggretion. The very thing the Russian military agreement is there for to begin with.

Turkey is just another turd in the bowl of Judaic puppets. Assad is gold. Putin should learn from history, stick with his allies and crush his enemies.

Turning on one’s own ally mid-war is a recipe for disaster.


Not worried. The chess master will see his way through this obvious Turko-Jewish trap.

lucitanian's picture

Not only that but Erdogan must be on a back foot because he's purged, imprisoned or killed half of his most respected and experienced officers. Meaning that to depend on a military that has just gone through a major amputation and the wounds have not healed is pretty foolhardy. I'm sure we can expect either another coup, a real one this time, or a more discrete toppling of this guy. The US obviously has pulled back on its "Assad has to go" stance, and it cannot anyway be maintained after January. NATO must be shitting itself, regretting Turkey's membership, while at the same time having obvious rifts within as major structural members see more benefit in abandoning the stick for the carrot to deal with the Russian bear.

With his threats to Europe and now this which will put him in direct conflict with Russia and the changing tide he hasn't got much of a leg to stand on and looks likely to fall in the near future. His power base, politically, of the more conservative Muslims and nationalists, as apposed to the more international intellectual secularists which his purge attacked viciously will not see him through some of the severe consequences (economic and political) of what can only turn out as his failure, sooner or later, caused by his being ostracized by most of the global powers that had let him play his game till now. Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, all have to rethink their own positions, and cannot produce much real support, if they ever wanted to, in the international theater.

It'll soon be time to say goodby to Erdogan. No great loss to history, I'm sure.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

This is 100% about the Kurds.  Zion is using the Kurds to leverage Erdogan, so now he has to negate that leverage, and keep his intentions out of the public eye (hence saying 'its about Assad').

Pretty messed up.  I support the Kurds, but they have been very indiscriminate in regards to who they have sought support from *cough Zion cough*.

Zion wants a new Kosovo, a new Jordan, a small, easily manipulatedrump/puppet state.

Oh look, Kurdistan!  Sorry about that, Iran, sorry about that Syria, sorry about that Turkey...

BarkingCat's picture

I said this months ago and it is worth repeating.

Assad should push through changes to Syrian governing structure.

Create republics within the Syrian nation and give each republic a reasonable amount of autonomy. Sort of like states within the USA.

This would give the Kurds their homeland.

If Assad does it right then it would be a win-win situation. The country remains united and the Kurds have their quasi independence while being part of a larger nation which normally would give them protection from the likes of Turkey.

J S Bach's picture

Erdogan, the sucker of new world order cock - needs to be killed. No nicer way to put it.

Old Doctor's picture

I agree Barker. What would it hurt if the Kurds had a homeland? They aren't war mongers like the Isrealis nor terrorists nor Jihadists. They want their culture and a bit of self determination. If the US fractures you can bet there will be a Southern Republic real fast. Southern english, southern literature, southern food.....Nationalism is what makes people who they are. Once you have a family of more than 25 people you have the smallest nation with favorite recipes, shared history and a lot of loyalty when the chips are down.


But Turkey and Russia? Whatever is being reported is all pretend. Turkey has already pivoted. Turkey will raise hell for a couple weeks and then Russia will broker a peaceful solution. Whatever it is will show the Eastern world that Russia is a new calm and capable Superpower. The Russia, Iran, China axis will quickly establish itself as the solution where the US will be the obvious problem actor.  The stakes are far too high for any other outcome. Russia wants that pipeline to Europe to be filled with Russian gas. So there will be a problem, the US/NATO will fuck things up, Turkey will have their excuse to exit and move into the EurAsian orbit. 

The US backed Turkish coup has yet to be resolved but Turkey hates the US now. The US is lurching around the world like a drunken prizefighter. Mean and dangerous but with few friends and fewer prospects

Unknown User's picture

Turkey has no friends. Even Saudis will not help. It's over for Erdogan. He miscalculated.

Victor von Doom's picture

Sorry BarkingCat, but I disagree. The Kurds have already gone down the armed path. Nothing less than complete independance will placate them.

Assad shouldn't touch them with a fucking barge pole.

DjangoCat's picture

This scenario makes sense to me.  The story has no legs.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

The first country to admit why they're really there, Erdogan gets 1 point for brutal honesty

peddling-fiction's picture

Soon they will get Russian honesty and brutality in response. Or what the heck is going on?

Urban Redneck's picture

There is no obligation to NATO, it's Jew York Times myth meant to help the French overcome their natural desire to surrender.

Article 5

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, SUCH ACTION AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .

Calmyourself's picture

Bamster has apparently assured Erdogan that he has his back and if Erdo believes it he is in for a shock..


Erdo's home front is secure with his counter coup,  time to go bear hunting with Uncle Sam right behind him.  Forget the swamp clean out the MIC, of course that will get you deader than a doornail in a nanosecond..

ACES FULL's picture

Pit Turkey's Erdogan vs Phillipines' Duterte hand to hand combat, no holds barred and no outside interference....available on PPV. I've got my money on Duterte.

Citxmech's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong - but if Russia attacks Turkey in Syria, it should not activate the NATO mutual defense clause.  The defense pact triggered by naked aggression against a NATO member- not to stop a NATO member from getting hammered in response to that member's attack another country, right?

I can't imagine that Russia will allow Turkey to just waltz into Syria unopposed. . . 

Tallest Skil's picture

Day one in office, if humanity lives that long, Trump needs to either kick Turkey out of NATO or pull the US out and let them all burn.

Victor von Doom's picture

You are correct Citxmech. Legally speaking.

Unfortunately the Bankster class that is pushing this war doesn't give a fuck.

The US & Australia - plus any other NATO power in Syria are currently war criminals - having invaded the country without being invited by President Assad - the representative sovereign of Syria.

All they "need" is a thin political excuse - something to put in the headlines and they can go.

In short, I think they would use the NATO clause and give a fuck about your correct arguments. Look what they did with the "No Fly Zone" over Libya.

Death to them all. I hope Russia blows these Turkish fucks to hell along with anyone stupid enough to throw their lot in with them.

HowdyDoody's picture

Erdogan has got nearly as many red lines as Obomber. This is words for an audience, not action. Who is the audience and what is the message? The US and Turkey is still (pretending to be?) on side?

auricle's picture

Can't wait to see footage of the first Russian bombing of Turkish forces in Syria. 

deoldefarte's picture

Russia cannot be directly involved with bombing of Turkish forces, as that would lead to

closure of Bosphorus (sp) Straits, and their direct access to the Black Sea.

These bombings, in all probability will be done by Syrian/Iranian planes.

But, IMHO, this problem will be resolved peacefully, beforehand.

researchfix's picture

He is on a safe way to get more than he bargained for. Death wish.

Redhotfill's picture

Maybe 2 MONTHS ;)  Putin to Trump: U care if I bend over that Turk bitch?

                               Trump: Nope just kill damn Haji's. 

                               Putin:  Mnn Kay, But we gonna have to go into Turkey to recoup                                            costs.

                               Trump: Fuck 'em they started it. Take all you want don't screw                                                with our bases tho

                               Putin:   Thanks bruh. 


gonetogalt's picture

Consider the format for Erodogen's comments:

“We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the Turkish president was quoted by Huyrriyet as saying at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul.

Now what the fuck is an "Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposiium" ??????

So the Zionists, Saudi headchoppers and Turks are still thick as thieves. Maybe the crypto-jew thing has something going for it?

Russia and the US could roll and clean shit up, except Trump has 'nuff Jew influence to off balance him, and Putin still needs Iran, who Trump won't ever make nice with.

Things probably ain't getting any better...sorry, hopeful ones.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I don't think any one has used the terms cryptojew or Zionist more often on this site than I have!  But you have my blessing.  Have at it.

Peacefulwarrior's picture

You must work for the NSA that is exactly how it went down...+1

Secret Weapon's picture

Assad is kind of like the Castro of Syria. He keeps going and going and ----

Peterk_kk's picture

Oh well - here comes Iran.

Trump should make a deal with Russia - Assad can keep Syria as long as Assad acknowledges the state of Isreal.

Erdogan is the trouble maker trying to rebuild the Ottoman Empire - he has his eyes on Syria / Iraq and Greece

Let's see how Trump deals with it.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You know Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire, right? 

And you know Russia has their eyes on Czargrad/Istanbul/Constantinople, right?

I am pretty sure Erdogan's best case scenario is for Turkey to NOT lose territory, let alone gain any.

Tallest Skil's picture

Fuck Israel. How about this: Russia and Greece annex Constantinople as a codominium, Turkey releases Kurdistan as its own nation, and Assad restores his nation and wipes out the Mossad operatives known as the Islamic State.

Peacefulwarrior's picture

Assad is the stop gap to Saudi Oil reaching Europe. He will not go anywhere as long as Putin has vaporizing ability.

Victor von Doom's picture

Spot on Roy. I think this move is more against Russia than Syria. Syria is just the battleground.

What the banksters really want is Putin dead and gone. This is just the long game being played out.