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.