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Syria Kurds Say Turkish Operation 'Clear' Support for IS

Syria Kurds Say Turkish Operation 'Clear' Support for IS

Despite its lack of coverage here in the West, Turkeys decision ultimately kicks off what is sure to be the Middle Easts next or newest War.

While the Kurds were our most effective allies against ISIS in Syria, Turkey views them as a mortal peril and intends to deal with that threat.

On Saturday, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove the PKK-linked PYD and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria, on Turkey's border.

The U.N. Security Council was scheduled to convene later Monday to discuss the situation.

Dan Glazebrook, independent political analyst, said it is hard to tell how the situation will evolve further in the Syria's Afrin region, "but so far, Erdogan has been true to his words". "We will take no step back", Erdogan said in a televised speech in Ankara.

Secretary of State Tillerson gave Syria the news Wednesday.

For Erdogan, the Kurdish YPG, the major USA ally in Syria, is an arm of the Kurdish PKK in Turkey, which we and the Turks have designated as a terrorist organization.

Will they support a clash with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, to keep armed Kurds on Turkey's border, when the Turks regard them as terrorists?

Mattis said Ankara gave the US military advance notice of its Afrin offensive.

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"But you have watched them with the coalition support shred [the] ISIS caliphate in Syria". With the near total defeat of IS in both Syria and Iraq, the US said it would create a 30,000-strong border force of existing Kurdish and Arab SDF members to ensure there would be no IS comeback.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington had proposed working with Turkey and forces on the ground in Afrin to "see how we can stabilise this situation and meet Turkey's legitimate concerns for their security". The U.S. focus in recent years has been on eastern Syria.

It was unclear, however, how far Turkey or its proxy forces had advanced on Afrin or surrounding Kurdish areas.

Intense fighting flares as Turkey shells more targets in north-west Syria and says it will swiftly crush US-backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its border. "It is a really unsafe situation", he said.

Without elaborating, he said that Turkey reached an agreement with Russian Federation - whose forces back Syrian President Bashar Assad - over the operation. He repeated his criticism of Washington's support for the Kurdish militia, saying the USA should have partnered with Turkey in fighting IS.

This U.S. plan to create a BSF inside Syria, Damascus declared, "represents a blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity and unity of Syria, and a flagrant violation of global law".

As well as a complex military mission, Turkey faces a sensitive diplomatic landscape as it seeks to avoid alienating allies and provoking foes.

It said 54 Syrian combattants had been killed, including 19 Ankara-backed rebels, 26 Kurdish fighters and nine unidentified figures. In a statement, the Kurdish fighters said Afrin will be a "quagmire" for the Turkish army.

Again and again, the American people have said they do not want to be dragged into Syria's civil war. Ortac estimated at 15,000 Yazidis live in Afrin.

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