Overall, the situation remains uncertain, although on August 24, it can be stated that the advance of the militants was stopped and the SAA forced the group led “Al-Nusra” to go on the defensive in most areas, and not allowing it to create the full corridor. However, the SAA also has a very modest success over the last few days. The main achievement – the ability to sweep the track Khan-Fog Ramouseh and the establishment of control over the North of the stone quarry and the surrounding hillside.
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Will Turkey’s military incursion, which began at 4am this morning, fare any better than its past initiatives in Syria? Its tanks, special forces amd artillery are backing at least 500 Syrian rebels in an attack on the Isis-held town of Jarabulus just west of the Euphrates River. The Turkish media speaks of the operation, known as “Euphrates Shield”, as aiming to create a 55-by-25 mile “safe zone” for refugees just south of the Syrian-Turkish border. But Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numun Kurtulmus says that what we are seeing is “a short and results based operation”. Opposition forces said this evening that they were in control of the town, as US military officials said that American planes were conducting air strikes against Isis targets.
The claimed aim of the Turkish move is to close the Turkish border to ISIS. That claim is obviously nonsense. The border can be closed on the Turkish side. To move the crossing point a few kilometers south does not change anything. The second, more plausible claimed aim, is to prevent the movement of the Kurdish YPG forces, under the U.S. assigned label SDF, towards west-Syria. Such a move would create a Kurdish statelet all along the Turkish border and endanger Turkey itself while it is fighting a Kurdish insurgency on its own ground.
Syria condemned Wednesday’s Turkish incursion into an Islamic State group-held border area as a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty as Kurdish authorities said the action amounted to a “declaration of war”.
The foreign ministry in Damascus said it “condemns the crossing of the Turkey-Syria border by Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles towards the Jarabulus area with air cover from the US-led coalition and considers it a flagrant violation of Syrian sovereignty”.
Russia lacks the political will to cleanse the Wahhabi terrorists and Kurdish separatists from northern Syrian itself, and for as much as one may support or condemn this, it’s a statement of fact that must be taken into account when analyzing and forecasting events. With this obvious constraint being a major factor influencing the state of affairs in Syria, it’s reasonable then that Syria, Russia, and Iran wouldn’t vocally object too much to Turkey tricking the US into doing this instead out of the pursuit of its own self-interests vis-à-vis the attempted normalization with Ankara.
The operation led by Turkey to liberate Syria’s Jarablus from Daesh terrorists will continue until elements of the PKK’s Syrian affiliate YPG retreats to the east bank of Euphrates, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a live interview on Habertürk TV shortly after meeting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Yıldırım said that it is necessary to cleanse Jarablus of terrorist PKK-affiliated groups including the PYD and YPG.
Overall, the strategic situation is that the main interest here soon will be the war with the Caliphate, and the Kurdish-Turkish war in Northern Syria. It is worth remembering that Turkey considers the Kurds of the PYD and YPG as terrorists, as Caliphate, and therefore formally have her hands untied as the attacks on the Kurds can go under the slogan “fight against terrorism”.