WW4/Middle East Files: Syrian civil war spark for regional war as Turkish FM announces army to begin ground operations against ISIS in N. Syria “within next few days,” follows Oct. 31 airstrikes by Turkish Air Force; Turkey’s widening intervention in Syria motivated by: 1) carnage of Oct. 10 suicide bombings in Ankara, ISIS blamed, 2) Syrian Kurds declaring town of Tal Abyad part of autonomous “Rojava” region in N. Syria, 3) Kurdistan Workers’ Party scrapping month-old cease-fire in response to ruling Justice and Development Party’s re-election, Pres. Erdogan’s vow to “liquidate” PKK; Turkey launched airstrikes against PKK positions in N. Iraq in July following 4-year hiatus, also ISIS positions in N. Syria, initially denied targeting PKK-affiliated PYD/YPG after tanks shelled Kurdish-held Tal Abyad; PM Davutoglu finally admits in Oct. 26 interview army attacked Syrian Kurds because YPG seized town from ISIS, Syrian Kurds insist Turkish forces have hit their positions in Tal Abyad as recently as Oct. 24-25; NYT notes Kremlin’s hand in confusing international alliances: “Russia’s ties to the P.K.K. and the P.Y.D. date to the days of the Soviet Union, and it is believed to be offering support to Syrian Kurds”; PYD leader Salih Muslim confirms: “We have had relations with Russia for the past three years. We go back and forth to Russia, to Moscow”

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One response to “WW4/Middle East Files: Syrian civil war spark for regional war as Turkish FM announces army to begin ground operations against ISIS in N. Syria “within next few days,” follows Oct. 31 airstrikes by Turkish Air Force; Turkey’s widening intervention in Syria motivated by: 1) carnage of Oct. 10 suicide bombings in Ankara, ISIS blamed, 2) Syrian Kurds declaring town of Tal Abyad part of autonomous “Rojava” region in N. Syria, 3) Kurdistan Workers’ Party scrapping month-old cease-fire in response to ruling Justice and Development Party’s re-election, Pres. Erdogan’s vow to “liquidate” PKK; Turkey launched airstrikes against PKK positions in N. Iraq in July following 4-year hiatus, also ISIS positions in N. Syria, initially denied targeting PKK-affiliated PYD/YPG after tanks shelled Kurdish-held Tal Abyad; PM Davutoglu finally admits in Oct. 26 interview army attacked Syrian Kurds because YPG seized town from ISIS, Syrian Kurds insist Turkish forces have hit their positions in Tal Abyad as recently as Oct. 24-25; NYT notes Kremlin’s hand in confusing international alliances: “Russia’s ties to the P.K.K. and the P.Y.D. date to the days of the Soviet Union, and it is believed to be offering support to Syrian Kurds”; PYD leader Salih Muslim confirms: “We have had relations with Russia for the past three years. We go back and forth to Russia, to Moscow”

  1. mah29001 November 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Looks like Turkey is entangling itself in the mess in Syria, it helped bring about Russia when it armed Syrian Sunni Islamic fanatics, now Russia might rearm the PKK.

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