It Is Being Reported That Turkish Military Forces Have Entered Syria

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog.

Turkey Syria Border - Google Maps

There are international news reports that claim that Turkish military forces have entered Syrian territory and have established positions near the towns of Azaz and Afrin.  If these international news reports are true, then Turkey has essentially declared war on the Assad regime.  Back in February, I warned that escalating tensions in the region could be the spark that sets off World War III, but things seemed to cool down a bit in March and April.  However, this latest move by Turkey threatens to take the war in Syria to a whole new level, and everyone will be watching to see how the Russians and the Iranians respond to this ground incursion.

So far, it is the Russian media that it taking the lead in reporting about this movement of Syrian forces.  For example, the Sputnik news agency was one of the first to report Turkish military activity around the town of Azaz…

Amid violent clashes between militants of Daesh and troops of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the town of Azaz in northern Aleppo district, reports are surfacing suggesting that the Turkish Army units have been seen located in the district of Azaz.

In addition, Sputnik claims that Turkish military forces entered a small village called Hamam near the town of Afrin on Saturday

“Two days ago, the Turkish military entered the village of Hamam in Afrin area. We are ready to repel any attack. Meanwhile, FSA units are suffering serious defeat in clashes with Daesh. They have already lost control of 12 villages. If Daesh comes to Azaz, ‘Democratic Syrian Forces’ will repel the jihadists, and not allow them to enter the city,” Arac stressed.

The map that I have posted below comes directly from Google Maps, and it shows how far south of the Turkish border the towns of Azaz and Afrin are…

Turkey Syria Border - Google Maps

In particular, the Azaz corridor is considered to be extremely important because that is the primary route that Turkey has been using to resupply jihadist rebels in Aleppo.  So Turkey wants to keep that road open at all costs.

Meanwhile, an Iranian news source is also reporting on this Turkish incursion into Syria…

Member of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PDS) Ahmet Arac said that the hundreds of the Turkish soldiers crossed the Syrian border at Bab al-Salameh border-crossing and deployed their forces in al-Shahba’a region near Marea and Azaz.

“The Turkish Armed Forces are preparing an offensive in the Azaz and Marea regions that have been the scenes of tough battles between the ISIL terrorists and its rival group of the Free Syrian Army,” Arac added.

“Also yesterday the Turkish Army carried out rocket attacks on the positions of Democratic Forces of Syria,” he went on to say.

So far, there has been no confirmation of this invasion from the mainstream media in the western world.  But of course since Turkey is our ally, the Obama administration would not want the media talking about this.  So instead, our big media outlets are giving us headlines such as “Judge sentences Catholic to attend Baptist church” today.

If you have been following my work for a while, you already know that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been working very hard to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad for years, and Assad knows exactly what Turkey has been up to

“..Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia, have crossed all possible red lines, possibly from the first weeks of the Syrian war. Today, the war against Erdogan and against Saudi Arabia is a war against terrorists. The Turkish army, which is not even Turkish, is Erdogan’s army that is fighting today in Syria. Everything that Ankara and Riyadh have done from the very beginning can be considered aggression. Aggression in a political sense or in a military sense – providing terrorists with arms – or direct aggression with the use of artillery, and other military violations. Erdogan is directly supporting the terrorists as he allows them to move into Turkish territory, to carry out maneuvers with tanks. This concerns not only individuals, he finances them [terrorists] through Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and through Turkey itself, of course. Turkey trades oil that has been stolen by IS (Islamic State, Daesh), at the same time carrying out artillery attacks against the Syrian army – when it moves close – in order to help the terrorists. They are terrorists and when we attack these terrorists in Syria, this leads to Erdogan’s direct defeat..”

Assad is a very bad man, but everything that he said about Turkey in that quote is true.  Turkey has been giving direct assistance to ISIS, and Barack Obama has known about it the entire time.

Most Americans simply do not understand how insane Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan truly is.  Our “ally” has essentially become a dictator, and he is obsessed with recreating the old Ottoman empire.  These days, political rallies in support of Erdogan are quite reminiscent of what Nazi rallies under Adolf Hitler were like, and there is a nationalistic fervor in Turkey right now that is so intense that it is hard to describe it to someone in the western world.  It is fueled by the rise of radical Islam, but what is going on in Turkey is broader than that.  It is extremely dangerous, and yet nobody in the U.S. criticizes Erdogan because he is our “friend”.

In addition to moving troops into Syria, Turkey already has forces positioned in Iraq, and the Russians are quite upset about this.  Just consider what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday

This (keeping troops in Iraq) is an absolutely unacceptable position,” it cited Lavrov as saying. “In principle, I believe that what the Turks are doing deserves far greater public attention on the part of our Western partners.”

But for Erdogan, what we have seen so far is just the beginning.  He dreams of creating an Islamic empire, and he envisions himself at the top of the food chain.

This is one reason why he is so virulently against birth control for Islamic women in his country.  He wants the population of Turkey to multiply greatly so that the Turks can fulfill their appointed destiny

In a speech broadcast live on TV, he said “no Muslim family” should consider birth control or family planning.

We will multiply our descendants,” said Mr Erdogan, who became president in August 2014 after serving as prime minister for 12 years.

In fact, Erdogan actually considers it to be “treason” for Islamic women in Turkey to use contraception…

Mr Erdogan himself is a father of four. He has previously spoken out against contraception, describing it as “treason” when speaking at a wedding ceremony in 2014.

He has also urged women to have at least three children, and has said women cannot be treated as equal to men.

Are you starting to see how dangerous this man is?

Our “ally” is an egomaniac dictator that dreams of recreating the Ottoman empire, and he now has troops positioned in both Iraq and Turkey.

And if he isn’t careful, Erdogan may end up starting a major war which would ultimately involve the United States.

Hopefully cooler heads will prevail before events start spinning entirely out of control.

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  • Brockland A.T.

    In the unlikely event that the Turks have entered Syria in substantial force, they would be attempting to save Turkmen Daesh positions from rival IS Daesh they aren’t tacitly allied with.

    https://southfront.org/international-military-review-syria-may-31-2016/

    The Turks are also trying to prevent or disrupt a joint SOCOM/Kurdish assault on North Raqqa by stirring up whatever trouble they can. So, it would be more interesting to see how the Americans and Kurds react.

    http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160530/1040488813/us-raqqa-operation-pr.html

    Its doubtful that the Syrian government or Russia will react any differently at Azaz, than to other minor Turkish incursions; that is, do nothing. Why would they? A stiff diplomatic note covers it. Securing Palmyra and preparing for a showdown in Aleppo will occupy most of their limited resources. Fighting Turkey for the rebels seems a highly unlikely waste of resources.

    http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20160531/1040543849/road-raqqa-syria.html

    Nice try though.

  • tom

    “Assad is a very bad man…”

    Nonsense, and I stopped reading at that point. Either Mr Snyder wants to suck up to Washington and get published in the presstitute MSM, or he wants to tell the truth. Ye cannot serve both God and mammon. So make up your mind, Mr Snyder. Mr Assad is no worse a man than you, and a great deal better than Obama, Cameron, Hollande or Merkel.

    • slorter

      Thank you well said!

    • jadan

      I don’t know why GW has taken this right wing millennialist Christian conservative on board his blog. If Pat Robertson were blogging instead of running his televangelist scam, would GW take him on board, too? It’s the same bullshit. Michael Snyder is a shameless opportunist. This quality might make him a good religious huckster, and also a successful lawyer, but he’s a very bad little man, though he may present otherwise….worse than Bashar al Assad, actually, because he’s trying to make nihilist Christian millennialist dogma relevant to current events…

      • nycnick
        • jadan

          The writer of that wiki piece dislikes Snyder more than I do. The other side of his ostensibly rational and intelligent personality is generously displayed at his other blog endoftheamericandream.com. I like to think GW would put some more space between himself & Snyder if he’d read most any article in this blog.

      • wunsacon

        I’d rather read what they say than not.

        Notwithstanding my disagreement with a good bit of CHS and Snyder’s proposed root-cause analysis and solutions, I nevertheless believe I learn from their reporting of facts and problems.

        Same reason I read a lot of the blogs I read. Just about no one writes exactly what I believe at this moment in time — except maybe some people commenting in the thread! And, I accept that.

  • I am almost positive the Pentagon did not arm any of these folks. Sarc/off!

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Pg.-291-Pgs.-287-293-JW-v-DOD-and-State-14-812-DOD-Release-2015-04-10-final-version11.pdf

    Sep 3, 2014 Retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney admits “We Helped Build ISIS”

    https://youtu.be/Z_zf7GPQqxU

    March 22nd, 2016 The US Gov’t Finally Admits That The People They Armed In Syria Have Committed Genocide

    State Department is legally mandated by Congress to determine whether Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) persecution of minorities in Iraq and Syria – Christians, Yazidis, Sunni Kurds and Shiite Muslims – constitutes genocide.“What is happening in Iraq and Syria is a deliberate, systematic targeting of religious and ethnic minorities.

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-govt-finally-admits-people-armed-syria-committed-genocide/214993/

  • ICFubar

    Odd that a ‘trader’ and ‘sharp pencil’ would break this story and not the Saker, Fort Russ, or Moon of Alabama and such blog spots. What anyone with any understanding of today’s geo-political situation must know is that Turkey does not act without instructions, tacit and prior approval from the Globalist western Apex Elites operating through their subservient governments. Are we to believe that Turkey would make aggressive war and perhaps drag the rest of NATO into a war, perhaps with Russia and China, without Washington having given a green light for such actions, if these actions are actually taking place? Hardly. The same applies to the refugee wave in Europe, being released from Turkey and elsewhere, with the leading European leaders also receiving instructions and following orders.

  • May 31, 2016 – The Dirty War on Syria with Dr. Tim Anderson on GRTV

    Government propaganda and NGO misinformation have coloured the story of the war on Syria from its inception. Stepping in to set the record straight, Dr. Tim Anderson explores the real beginnings of the conflict, the players behind it, and their agenda in his new book, “The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance.”

    https://youtu.be/f5CDJm0Edh8