In General, the operation “shield of the Euphrates” despite some understatement, was a success in Turkey that the price is acceptable military and political losses, were able in practice to make a serious reversal of its policy and start correcting the mistakes that have produced Erdogan, in 2011-2016 years when persisting in their attempts to overthrow Assad at any cost, he put the Turkey and his own regime on the brink of disaster. Of course, this operation was coordinated with Russia and Iran – Turkey has allowed to achieve the above objectives, in exchange for the correction of its foreign policy in the region and the services needed for the capture of Aleppo and the release of a number of enclaves.
The Kurdish problem in its sharpness is on par with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. And the resolution fought and beat dozens of politicians around the world. Was no exception in Syria. By March 2017 near the city of al-Bab faced the interests of Turkey, Russia, Syria and the Kurds. That immediately led to deadly clashes of troops, “Shield of the Euphrates” with the Kurdish self-defense. With the support of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting parties, the Syrian military entered the Kurdish territory and took its place on the border of West Manbij.
Winners and losers are emerging in what may be the final phase of the Syrian civil war as anti-Isis forces prepare for an attack aimed at capturing Raqqa, the de facto Isis capital in Syria. Kurdish-led Syrian fighters say they have seized part of the road south of Raqqa, cutting Isis off from other its territory further east.
The maps clearly demonstrate that the issue of the expulsion of the Caliphate from Northern Syria was dependent on the good will of Turkey, which after they stop their dalliances with the Caliphate and ran across to the camp of the Russian-Iranian coalition, helped to push the “black” from the Syrian-Turkish border. Of course, this was not done out of altruistic reasons, and in the framework of countering the threat of establishing an independent Kurdistan.
“Month ago in my meeting with him I told him the U.S. was supplying weapons. Three planeloads arrived, half of them ended up in the hands of Daesh [Islamic State], and half of them in the hands of the PYD [Syrian Democratic Union Party],” he went on to allege.
President Erdogan said that half of the weapons that the US supplies the self-defense forces of Syrian Kurds, went to the terrorists.
The Caliphate quite clearly demonstrates that those who underestimate it are quickly washed with blood. The increased losses of the Turks in armor and the loss of FSA in the infantry, more than clearly shows that the road to al-Bab, not to mention Raqqa will not be a cakewalk.
The video is remarkable as the fact that the Turks once again carelessly framed their tanks on the horizon (fighting with the Kurds in the mountains is not the same as fighting with a trained opponent with many years of experience of dealing with the armored vehicles of the SAA – the Syrians try hide their equipment behind buildings or terrain to reduce the risk of injury from TOW, “Kornet” or “Milan” after bitter experience, which the Turks apparently have yet to acquire), and a striking refutation of the myth that the Caliphate and Turkey are in some collusion.
By 3 September Turkey came close enough to the solution for taking control of the entire length of the Syrian-Turkish border from Azaz to Kobani. The beginning of today’s operations of the Turkish army in the al-Rai is designed to accelerate the connection is controlled by Turkey and it is under control of militants between al-Rai and Jarablus.
On the front today was relatively quiet – the Turks pulled up the troops to the bank of the Euphrates, which they reached two days ago, as well as amassing troops on the beachhead to the South coast for a breakthrough to the road to Manbij. Despite talk of truce, clashes have continued, though less intense than yesterday.
On the 6th day of operation “shield of the Euphrates” the Turks decided on the next task – having cleared the surrounding area of Jarablus from the “black” and the Kurds from the bank of the Euphrates to the North of Manbij, while South of Amarinah, forward detachments of “Fallah al-sham” crossed the river and entrenched on the South Bank, creating a springboard for further advance to the South, with the aim of cutting the road running in Manbij. It should be noted that the resistance from both the Caliphate and the Kurds is rather a weak character that facilitates the rapid development of the Turkish operation.The Kurds of the YPG claim that Turkey is making use of sporadic clashes, in order that under the pretext of “combating terrorism” to put forward their mechanized formations as far to the South.
On the 5th day of the operation “Euphrates Shield”, FSA troops with the support of the Turkish army launched an offensive South of Jarablus on position SDF/YPG. During the night the positions of the Kurds air strikes were deposited, and were under fire from tanks and artillery.
Turkey is moving into Syria not just with its own military, but with thousands of “rebel opposition groups” including US-backed FSA brigades allied with AlQaeda/Nusra/Sham and the child head-chopping al-Zinki who are reported to form the vanguard. Syrian territory is outright being turned over to them by the Turkish military, simply exchanging control from one group of terrorist jihadis (ISIS) to others who are more media acceptable and more direct proxies of the Erdogan regime, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
We, the strong believers of democracy who are keen on protecting the security and integrity of the Syrian territory, strongly condemn the Turkish occupation of Syrian territory. We urge the international community to pressure the Turkish regime to stop its interference in the internal affairs of Syria, calling for the immediate withdrawal of its troops from Syria. We also call upon national democratic forces to take the initiative to prevent chauvinist forces from breaking our strong national unity.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed deep concern in connection with the Turkish operation in Syria. “Moscow is […] especially alarmed by the prospect that the situation in the conflict zone will continue to deteriorate, resulting in greater civilian losses and heightened ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds,” the ministry said in a statement.
“We are for a united Syria. We do not support an independent Kurd initiative,” Kerry said.
“There has been some limited engagement, as everybody knows, with a component of Kurd fighters on a limited basis, and we cooperated very closely with – with Turkey specifically to make sure that there was a clearer understanding of the rules by which that engagement would take place,” he added.
The Kurds hit two Turkish tanks, resulting in the confirmed death of 1 Turkish soldier. Another 3 were injured. How badly damaged the car is unclear. The wounded were taken to Turkey.
A former US volunteer who fought with the Kurds against ISIS and was waiting for the Jarabulus operation, called the Turkish operation a slap in the face of Kurds, and a betrayal by the US that backed the Turkish operation.
“It’s a slap in the face to the Kurds. Not only them but also foreign volunteers,” Erwin Stran told ARA News. “We lost two Americans in the Manbij operation as well as others. Not to mention the Kurdish body count. Now the Kurdish push has been halted. At least it seems for now,” he added.
On the third day of the operation “Euphrates shield” continued to increase tension on the contact line of Pro-Turkish militants supported by Turkish troops and YPG forces/SDF.
1. During the day continued air strikes by the Turkish F-16 at an advanced position of the Kurds and the Turkish armored vehicles supported advancing troops “green”.
2. In fact, we are now seeing the formation of new lines, where as pulling forces, should be deployed sufficiently serious fights, if the Kurds are completely inferior.
3. Despite American demands for the abandonment Manbij, the radical part of the YPG is opposed to meeting the American demands and prefers a war with Turkey. It is highly likely that everything is going to this option.
Overall, we see that under the pretext of the fight against the Caliphate, Turkey strongly suppresses the attempts of Kurds to establish their own state in Syria. The U.S., in an attempt to prevent too much Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia and Iran, obviously went to her concessions, sacrificing the interests of the Syrian Kurds for the sake of normalization of relations with Erdogan.