A Review of major news reports this month re: Turkey and its roles in the fight With ISIS.
BEIRUT — A U.S.-backed force of Kurds and Arabs advanced toward an important Islamic State transit town in Syria on Wednesday, brushing aside Turkish opposition to the involvement of Kurds in operations to recapture the strategically vital area.
But the offensive also risks incurring the wrath of Turkey, which reiterated this week its opposition to using the SDF to take control of the predominantly Arab area. The SDF is dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which has ties to the militant Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The PKK is designated a terrorist organization by both the United States and Turkey.
The Kurdish organization has declared an autonomous region in the part of northeastern Syria it already controls, and Turkey fears that its continued advance westward into Arab areas of Syria will further expand the Kurdish region emerging along the Turkish border and encourage Kurdish separatist sentiments inside Turkey. Via washingtonpost.com
As we can see above the relationship between Turkey and the US is challenged by the role of the Kurds in the region. The need for an eventual compromise on the Kurdish questions cannot appeal to Turkey, but may be an inevitable reality. One that will continue to chaff the US-Turkey relationship.
For Turkey, war is coming home. The string of deadly attacks throughout the country over the last year has continued this week with two attacks in two days — the bombing in Istanbul on Tuesday, and a day later a car bombing in Midyat in southeastern Turkey, killing at least three.
In Istanbul, which has now been hit four times since January, the blasts have begun to erode the sense of normality in this cosmopolitan city of 14 million. In years past, it had maintained a degree of insulation from both the civil wars burning hundreds of miles away in neighboring Iraq and Syria and the growing political instability in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast.
The reality of the struggle is increasingly evident to every day Turks as the war and terrorism strike close to home.
(TRUNEWS) Russia’s Foreign Ministry official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Friday that Turkey’s military advisers in Syria are commanding ISIS forces near Aleppo.
TASS reported Zakharova saying: “According to mass media reports, up to 2,000 Jihadists are taking part in the fighting. Journalists say Turkey’s military advisers are commanding them.” She added that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists — an ISIS and al Qaeda affiliated group — are launching attacks from both the North and South of Aleppo, with the goal of surrounding the sectors under control of Assad’s forces. Via trunews.com
Tensions between Turkey and Russia have been high since the day turkey shot down a Russian Jet. they are further complicated by Russia’s support of the Syrian regime and its definition of just who is a terrorist and the Turks own dilemma regarding the Kurds. All of which adds confusion and cross purposes that make any future final resolution even murkier.
Turkey wavers on ISIS fight amid rising tensions with U.S., allies – Washington TimesEven as U.S., Iraqi and Kurdish forces make significant gains against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, rising friction between Turkey and America’s key regional allies threatens to scuttle the hopes of coalition forces to drive the terrorist group from the region.
Ankara’s resistance to a coordinated strategy as it seeks to protect its own interests in the region is causing growing concern among U.S. officials and drawing the ire of Washington’s Middle East allies.
Turkey’s willingness to help American and allied forces combat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is balanced by a need to extract a steep price for its cooperation, alienating its partners in the fight, outgoing Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily said this month.
Turkey, under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has argued that its interests are too often overlooked in the U.S.-led fight, including its long battle with militant Kurdish separatist groups and the burden it has had to shoulder as vast numbers of Iraqi and Syrian refugees have flooded across its borders.
IS militants and their fortifications in the Syrian town of Jarablus are “strikingly visible” from the other side of the frontier, RT’s Phelan reported.
“When we zoom across the border, on top of… the building we can clearly see an IS flag,” she said.
Phelan said she saw IS “vehicles moving just across the fence [on the border]” and heard the jihadists “calling over their loudspeakers, saying things like ‘God help ISIS in its fight.’”
Bulent Polat, a local shop owner who is one of the few people remaining in Karkamis, confirmed to RT that the jihadists built the fortifications under the nose of Turkish troops.
“These are the trenches ISIS dug, we could seem them… We could easily watch them doing it. It’s very close to the border, like 50 meters away. If you can see the trenches from here now, you should have seen them being dug with all that big equipment,” he said.
Among other things, they show how IS militants freely approached Turkish army positions and planted mines unimpeded. read more at rt.com
Russia says Turkey’s military advisers are commanding Daesh terrorists operating around Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, which has been the scene of fierce fighting over the past few weeks.
An intensive traffic of trucks accompanied with armed guards was spotted in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib while “carrying weapons and ammunition” from Turkey, Zakharova added.
Zakharova further said al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists have launched another offensive against Syrian army positions to the north and south of Aleppo in a bid to surround the area.
Meanwhile, a Russian ceasefire monitoring center in Syria said that constant attacks on government-controlled regions indicate that militants have abundant ammunition.
As seen above, multiple posts suggest that a Turkish Pro ISIS operations are taking place. The primary source appears to be the Russian spokeswoman, however if true it seems to suggest things on the ground are even more complicated than most understand.
It seems the current situation in the region is far from winning a Peace Accord of the Ambassadors for Peace sentiment.