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Turkey ready to start own ops in N. Syria ‘today or tomorrow’ as setting up safe zone with US became ‘fairytale’ – Erdogan

5 Oct, 2019 11:14

FILE PHOTO: A Turkish army convoy in northern Syria © Global Look Press / Dha

The Turkish leader said his country’s forces are on standby to move further east of Euphrates River in northern Syria, calling prospects of establishing a joint US-Turkey safe zone “a fairytale.”

Ankara believes that “land and air patrols with US were a fairytale; we carried out preparations for the safe zone [in Syria] and gave necessary orders,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Saturday by local media.

Troops are ready to move in on short notice, he noted.

We will carry out this operation both on land and air as soon as today or tomorrow.

We gave all warnings to our interlocutors regarding the east of Euphrates and we have acted with sufficient patience,” the President added.

Turkey has been waging a low-intensity campaign against Kurdish insurgency on its own soil for four decades. Back in 2016, Turkish forces intervened into Syrian civil war, targeting the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the northern part of the country. They had made steadfast advances but stopped short of crossing Euphrates River.

Responding to Erdogan’s warning on Saturday, the Kurdish militias threatened “to turn any unprovoked [Turkish] attack into an all-out war,” Reuters reported.

Ankara and Washington agreed earlier in August to create a safe area in northern Syria and establish a ‘peace corridor’ to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians. But actual progress has been slow on the ground as the US insisted on protecting and supporting its Kurdish allies in the zone, which Turkey considers terrorists.

In September, Erdogan suggested that Washington was after “a safe zone in northern Syria not for Turkey but for the terrorist group.” Turkish officials have accused the Americans of not doing enough to actually establish the zone, which could house numerous Syrians who fled the war since 2011.

R ~ Whatever excuses Erdogan conjures up regarding the Kurds, it's all about the oil under the Euphrates, a point I have made here for a long while. He is the northern arm of Israeli aggression and I'm sure if Turkey secures that oil his hegemony in the region will be completed with further aid from the USG, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They just need to be sure that Iran can be incapacitated beforehand. In the meanwhile Erdogan is increasing the reach of his incursion into Syria in preparation for Armageddon.
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