Turkish Warplanes Begin "Massive Bombing" Of US-Backed Syrian Kurds

In a sharp escalation of Turkey's military campaign against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG, on Saturday Turkish warplanes fired missiles and launched "massive bombing" of Kurdish targets in Syria's Afrin, NTV television reported.

“The TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) has started airborne operations,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a party congress on Saturday, quoted by Hurriyet. Yildirim said eight F-16 aircraft were involved in the aerial sortie, which is ironic when one considers that Turkey is using US-made warplanes to bomb a US-backed military organization which has been provided with weapons made in the US.

“As of this moment our brave Armed Forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and [Islamic State] elements in Afrin,” Yildirim said.

There have been conflicting reports whether the Turkish jets used Syrian airspace to conduct their bombing campaign.

Turkey’s General Staff officially declared the start of the military operation, calling it "Operation Olive Branch" according to a statement cited by Turkish newspaper Sol.

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AP journalists at the Turkish border reported seeing at least five jets heading toward Afrin. Also sighted was a convoy of buses, believed to be carrying Syrian opposition fighters, and trucks mounted with machine guns.

At the same time, Reuters reports that US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have accused Turkey of using cross-border shelling as a false pretext to launch an offensive into Syria. The SD - an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State - said it will have no choice but to defend itself if attacked. The alliance controls areas in Syria’s east and north.

Commenting on the offensive, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Moscow is "carefully monitoring" the Turkish military operation, citing concerns over recent developments in the area. The ministry’s statement called on all sides in the conflict to "exercise mutual restraint" which in retrospect appears a little late.

The Russian warning comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier on Saturday that Ankara had “de facto” begun its operation against Kurdish forces in Afrin. He said the operation would be “followed by Manbij,” referring to the Kurdish-controlled town in northern Syria.

Comments

giovanni_f Life of Illusion Sat, 01/20/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

outcome completely open. a mess. wait until the first planes are brought down. could become an expensive failure for the turks and a defeat for Erdogan from which he will not recover.

root cause of all that is decades of US foreign policy blunder. Suck it up, american tax paying pussies, the mic loves you.

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two hoots Never One Roach Sat, 01/20/2018 - 11:14 Permalink

US gov shutdown = go for Turkey.

US gov shutdown = hiding from FISA memo

 

What pisses me off most of US foreign policy is they never tell the public the full truth of why we do what we do.  Have no need for classified info, but seems a fair request when untold tax dollars, resources and lives are involved.  "If they're doing nothing wrong they have nothing to hide from the public?"

 

https://thekurdishproject.org/kurdistan-map/ 

Oil, yes oil again.  Northern Iraq would be the likely place to carve out a permanent Kurdistan, but it is an oil rich region and Iraq wants to control, profit from it.  US should demand it but is always suspect when oil is involved. 

"The Kurdistan oil issue will remain a card in the hands of Baghdad, Tehran and Ankara to achieve their political goals in Iraqi Kurdistan, which means it will remain a key obstacle to the Kurdistan independence project..."

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/fr/originals/2017/01/iran-iraq-turkey-oil-ceyhan-sulaymaniyah-barzani.html#ixzz54k7Xv9kw
 

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EddieLomax BokkeDavola Sat, 01/20/2018 - 13:15 Permalink

It was either that or Operation Dove of peace I guess.

It would be good to see the odd SAM splashing a Turkish jet here and there, it would be nice to see the Turkish war machine bleeding the countries coffers dry.  If the US was serious about reigning them in then they'd do just that, but I doubt anyone supports the Kurds enough to bother with the expense.

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Pandelis two hoots Sat, 01/20/2018 - 11:22 Permalink

let me get this straight ....

 

so now, US and Assad are allies against the turks ??? 

 

strange things indeed but, since terrorism is not a threat anymore anything goes, until ISIS strikes in US again ...

 

i wonder what trump has been told about this, although his son in law seems to be running this part of the World ...

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two hoots Pandelis Sat, 01/20/2018 - 11:45 Permalink

so now, US and Assad are allies against the turks ???   Ah, no, can't imagine that.  All; Turkey, US, Iraq, Russia, Iran are maneuvering for the best final position.  Kurds, oil, pipeline routes are at stake.  Syria is in the way of all of it, especially pipelines and it matters. Kurds are the useful tool.  

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ptolemy_newit Never One Roach Sat, 01/20/2018 - 11:49 Permalink

I am now adding Turkey!

CIRIT (China India Russia Iran Turkey) Avoids Dollar

It will change the monetary world once and for all, and by that the economic world and by that the relations sovereign nations will have and by that the life of mankind. It’s this way or the US will succeed in a global reboot of the financial system under their management so that the world would cater their demands for yet another 70 years (see http://www.planck.org/publications/Global-West-Common-Currency-Union or the other papers on this topic we made).

 

Cirit is the moving west and south west to regain the the empire, i would expect some nations should be worried about the success of Turkey and the unwavering support that China and Russia will provide these years.

http://www.planck.org/publications/CIRI-China-India-Russia-Iran-Avoids-…

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HRClinton ptolemy_newit Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:11 Permalink

Re " CIRIT (China India Russia Iran Turkey) Avoids Dollar"

You can add Pakistan  to the list. Pakistan is the Afghanistan bypass, to connect OBOR South to Turkey and the EU.

That's why the Neocons/Neocohens and the Global-Lust Money Cartel are going ape shit: "It's the Petro-Dollar!"

"Must. Not. Let. OBOR. Happen. Lest. (((Our))). Dollar. Gets. Forked. Up. The A$$. And. Greater. Israel. Destiny. Gets. Derailed."

 

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FBaggins Never One Roach Sat, 01/20/2018 - 14:40 Permalink

Zio controlled US, Britain, and Israel are now using the Kurds to foment as much destabilisation, division and war as possible in formally stable nations such as Syria, Turkey and Iran.  The Zionist in their instigations for a greater Israel are not acting defensively. They are clearly the instigators.   Erdogan has been forced into closer and closer economic and military union with Russia because of the bungled US coup against him and because one-sided aggressive Zio-US foreign policy.  The Kurds in Turkish provinces bordering on the Kurdish held turf in Syria are being incited to break away from Turkey which is a direct threat to Turkish sovereignty and economic wellbeing.  

The air bombings are only the beginning. Erdogan appears to be a person who backs up his threats and will likely also send it troops with the tacit approval of Assad. Israel will do anything to instigate more conflict as the nation can only grow by virtue of the fragmentation and destruction of neighboring nations, and the Kurds are distributed from Turkey, across Syria and Iraq and well into the western regions of Iran.  If peace and stability in the ME is a real goal of the US, then any fueling of the Kurdish cause is inimical to that goal. Of course, Zio controlled US, Britain, and Israel will not agree and will continue to incite and to provoke this new conflict.  This process will continue until enough nations say enough is enough, stop the talking, and simply act.

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Count Cherep Winston Churchill Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:57 Permalink

Winston Churchill: "The USSA has plenty of motive for being there without Israel being behind it."

Count Cherep: ZOG (Zionist Occupied Government) controls the USSA, and therefore motivates its policies, both foreign and domestic.

The Truth will stand on its own merit

A Jewish Defector Warns America:

Benjamin Freedman Speaks

Excerpt:

(H)ere in the United States, the Zionists and their co-religionists have complete control of our government... the Zionists and their co-religionists rule this United States as though they were the absolute monarchs of this country.  

http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/israel/freedman.htm

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HRClinton FBaggins Sat, 01/20/2018 - 19:55 Permalink

As long as Turkey (a NATO "partner") does the fighting, China does not have to commit BOG (Boots on Ground). They simply work with Turkey economically, to keep OBOR South moving forward.

The genius of having Turkey do the fighting, is that the US and NATO can do absolutely nothing. You know that this is just driving them nuts.

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