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and the result is that Turkey is now invading the area of northern Syria that has been held by the Kurds and the United States. Thousands of the most battle tested ISIS fighters, who have been held prisoner on behalf of the US by the Kurds, may now be released as the Kurds have to defend themselves against the Turks. In the past, Turkey has allowed ISIS members to pass through its territory with impunity. Turkey may, again, take a laissez-faire attitude toward ISIS. The release of ISIS prisoners at the same time as the massacre of the Kurds, creating a void in northern Syria, may bring back ISIS. Donald Trump made the decision to allow Turkey to invade Syria without consulting anyone at all: not his Secretary of Defense, not the Pentagon. He made the decision during a phone call with Turkish President Erdogan. Trump has a large hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.

This is from "The New York Times".

"BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Syrian militia long backed by the United States mobilized its forces and warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” on Wednesday as Turkey massed troops near the countries’ border for an incursion it said would begin “shortly.”
Scattered reports that Turkish troops were already entering Syria early Wednesday were quickly shot down by Turkey, which released a statement saying that accounts “in some media outlets stating that the operation has begun do not reflect the reality.”
Turkey’s planned move to root out Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria, after President Trump ordered the withdrawal of American troops there, has sparked fierce debates in Washington and could open a dangerous new front in Syria’s eight-year-old war.
New violence between Turkey and the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces would pit two United States allies against each other in ethnically tinged battles, leaving Washington in an awkward position."

 

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We are abandoning our allies to be slaughtered.Turkey says the Kurds are the terrorists, but the civilian deaths are Kurds from Turkish soldiers, including many children. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/09/04/us-troops-and-allied-kurdish-force-patrol-syria-turkey-border/

Update, Turkey is invading Syria to directly attack the Kurds, including bombing civilian areas. I guess they are trying to have Kurds go the way of the Armenians.

 
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Death Toll Climbs as Turkish Offensive in Syria Enters 2nd Day
At least 16 Kurdish fighters were reported to have been killed as Turkish ground forces assaulted towns in northeastern Syria.




Smoke billowed from targets in Syria bombed by Turkish forces on Thursday, in a photo taken from the Turkish side of the border.

"SANLIURFA, Turkey — Fighting lit up the sky early Thursday as Turkish troops pressed their air and ground offensive against United States-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. At least 16 Kurds were reported to have been killed, one monitoring group said.

Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in the Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain areas of northeastern Syria, along with six attackers of unknown identity, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a conflict monitor based in Britain. American troops had withdrawn from both areas on Monday. An additional 33 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces were wounded, the monitoring group said.

The Turkish military’s move into Syria began on Wednesday, following President Trump’s decision on Sunday to pull American troops out of Turkey’s way, despite disagreement from his own military officers and State Department.


Mr. Trump condemned Turkey’s operation as a “bad idea” on Wednesday and said this week that Turkey, a NATO ally, would face economic punishment if it did anything he considered 'off limits.'


Turkey has launched attacks in northeastern Syria, aimed at a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia. This attack pits two American allies against each other.

He has not said what such actions might be, but some analysts have considered the killing of Kurdish fighters a potential red line, both for Mr. Trump and for members of Congress who opposed the pullback of American troops. The troops’ presence had been considered a deterrent to an invasion by Turkey, which has long sought to root out American-allied Kurdish forces who were instrumental in the American fight against ISIS.

In the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, one of the spots where the fighting was heaviest, videos by residents recorded the rattle of gunfire and streaks of tracer fire over the town.
The Anadolu news agency reported that cannon fire into Tel Abyad decreased through the night. Land forces crossed into the city, and by Thursday morning the streets were silent.


In a statement on Wednesday, Turkey’s defense minister, Hulusi Akar, said the aims of the operation were to “ensure the security of our borders and the safety of our people,” naming Kurdish militias and Islamic State militants as threats.
Six hours of airstrikes ensued, followed by Turkish ground troops crossing the border into Syria.
The fighting threatens to create a humanitarian crisis for hundreds of thousands of people who have been cut off from Syrian assistance for years. Most rely on the Kurdish forces and aid groups for basic services. Civilians jammed roads while fleeing with their possessions on Wednesday.

Henrietta Fore, the executive director of Unicef, said in a statement on Wednesday that the military escalation would have 'dramatic consequences' on the ability to provide aid.
'I urge all parties to protect children and the civilian infrastructure on which they depend, in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian law,' she said. 'The use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes unacceptable harm to children'.”

 

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A little background.

 

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Trump’s pattern has been to do something drastic when he is in the hot seat. He is on the verge of being impeached, so what does he do? He starts a war that pisses off the entire country. It turns our heads away from the impeachment inquiry and the flood of evidence that is pouring out each day. That’s just the way he likes it.
 

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Trump’s pattern has been to do something drastic when he is in the hot seat. He is on the verge of being impeached, so what does he do? He starts a war that pisses off the entire country. It turns our heads away from the impeachment inquiry and the flood of evidence that is pouring out each day. That’s just the way he likes it.
Unfortunately this is what this is all about for Trump....
 
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