Turkey is ever nearer to invading northern Syria because the terrorist menace from the Islamic State grows

There’s important concern that Turkey’s deliberate floor invasion of Syria to eradicate Kurdish allies of the USA might open the door to the discharge of hundreds of imprisoned Islamic State terrorists.

Syrian Kurdish forces have jailed hundreds of ISIS terrorists from over 50 nations in northeastern Syria’s jails.

Brigadier Common Patrick Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, mentioned Wednesday, “The current air strikes in Syria have immediately threatened the protection of US personnel who’re working in Syria with native companions to defeat ISIS and keep custody of greater than 10,000 ISIS detainees”.

Positions of the Democratic Union Party/Kurdistan Workers' Party affected by the Turkish Pence-Kilic operation in the Maranez village of Tel Rifaat on November 24, 2022 in Azaz, Syria.

Positions of the Democratic Union Celebration/Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration affected by the Turkish Pence-Kilic operation within the Maranez village of Tel Rifaat on November 24, 2022 in Azaz, Syria.
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Turkey lately launched air strikes towards the Syrian Kurdish navy group: the Folks’s Protection Items (YPG) in Syria and the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK) in Iraq.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned “this isn’t restricted to simply an air marketing campaign”, including: “We are going to seek the advice of with our protection ministry and the final employees and resolve collectively which of them our floor forces ought to contribute, then We are going to take our steps accordingly.” Earlier, the Turkish protection minister was quoted within the nation’s media as saying the operation was persevering with with round 326 enemy fighters killed thus far.

Combating the resurgence of the Islamic State terrorist motion stays a prime precedence for the US navy. The US has shaped an alliance with the YPG to oust ISIS, whereas the battle between Erdogan and Kurdish forces in Syria might escalate from a localized battle to full-blown battle.

Ryder famous that “an instantaneous de-escalation is required to keep up concentrate on the ISIL defeat mission and make sure the security and safety of area personnel engaged within the ISIL defeat mission.”

Turkish embassy officers in Washington instructed Fox Information Digital that “we’ve repeatedly highlighted the threats to our nationwide safety posed by the PKK/YPG terrorist community in Syria and Iraq. We now have all the time referred to as for unequivocal and real solidarity within the face of terrorism in all its kinds and manifestations.

Turkish President and Justice and Development Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by members of his party before speaking at a meeting at the Turkish Grand National Assembly in Ankara on November 23, 2022.

Turkish President and Justice and Improvement Celebration chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by members of his social gathering earlier than talking at a gathering on the Turkish Grand Nationwide Meeting in Ankara on November 23, 2022.
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The Turkish diplomat added, “Nonetheless, the terrorist group continued its assaults, concentrating on harmless civilians within the coronary heart of Istanbul. On account of the assault perpetrated on November 13, 2022, 6 civilians have been killed and 81 injured.” .

The US authorities has labeled the PKK as a terrorist group, however regards the YPG as a precious companion within the struggle towards the Islamic State.

Ned Worth, spokesman for the US State Division, lately mentioned: “We categorical our honest condolences for the lack of civilian life that has occurred in Syria and Turkey” and referred to as for an “quick de-escalation”.

Intense Turkish air and drone strikes have killed Syrian Kurds and pulverized important industries in northern Syria. Sinam Mohamad, the consultant of the Syrian Democratic Council in the USA, instructed Fox Information Digital.

Mohamad mentioned the area’s Arabs, Christians and Kurds, who make up the world’s 5 million folks, have been “struggling”.

Women walk in the al-Hol camp which hosts about 60,000 refugees, including families and supporters of the Islamic State.

Girls stroll within the al-Hol camp which hosts about 60,000 refugees, together with households and supporters of the Islamic State.
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He added that Turkey bombed the area 47 occasions from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23, and the air strikes killed six Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troopers, together with two US military-trained counter-terrorism troopers.

Mohamad, who’s involved with Syrians on the bottom within the battle zone, mentioned Turkish forces had killed 15 civilians because the begin of this spherical of airstrikes. “Turkey is now concentrating on very important infrastructure, energy crops, grain silos and oil and gasoline infrastructure.”

He mentioned the Turks attacked a hospital and so they “focused very near an ISIS jail. Think about in the event that they focused the jail and other people escaped. It is a very important scenario. The worldwide group and the United Nations they need to act to forestall Turkey’s destabilization of the world.”

Considered one of Turkey’s prime consultants, Hay Etyan Cohen Yanarocak, of the Jerusalem Institute for Technique and Safety, has expressed important doubts about Turkey’s rationalization for launching its most up-to-date assaults.

He mentioned that “the most recent terrorist assault on Istanbul was carried out by the Syrian forces who have been dissatisfied with Turkey’s U-turn as a result of Turkey has signaled that it’s prepared to normalize relations with [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” he instructed Fox Information Digital.

He added that “Erdogan is aware of very effectively that it might be a lot simpler to punish the Kurds as a substitute of punishing the Syrians. We all know that the Free Syrian Military is taken into account an ally of Turkey. If the Free Syrian Military have been labeled accountable [for the terror attack in Istanbul]his overseas coverage doctrine would collapse”.


The professional-Kurdish social gathering, the Folks’s Democratic Celebration, has tabled a movement within the Turkish parliament to request an inquiry into the Istanbul assault. Erdogan’s Justice and Improvement Celebration together with its ally, the Nationalist Motion Celebration, rejected the investigation.

All Kurdish navy forces in Syria, in addition to the PKK, have categorically denied duty for the terrorist assault in Istanbul. The SDF commander, Common Mazloum Abdi, talking completely with Jennifer Griffin of Fox Information, mentioned that the Istanbul bomber got here from the Islamic State.

Turkey has captured a Syrian Arab girl who mentioned Turkish authorities confessed to the bombing. Erdogan has been accused of exhibiting sympathy for radical Islamists working in northern Syria.

Uzay Bulut, Turkish political analyst and researcher for the Philos venture, instructed Fox Information Digital: “If Kobane falls to Turkey, Turkey will occupy it along with jihadist organizations, as additionally they do in different Syrian cities like Idlib and Afrin. In fact. , these Turkish navy assaults towards the SDF will weaken the marketing campaign towards ISIS within the area”.

Based on Bulut, “The Turkish regime have to be totally conscious that such an occupation solely helps ISIS and al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist teams within the area.”

A Turkish official dismissed that argument and instructed Fox Information Digital that “We’re the one NATO ally who has boots on the bottom and fought DAESH [Islamic State] chest to chest from the beginning”.

People inspect a site damaged by Turkish airstrikes that hit a power station in Taql Baql village, Hasakeh province, Syria, on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. Turkey's defense ministry said on Sunday that Turkey launched deadly airstrikes on northern regions of Syria and Iraq, targeting Kurdish groups that Ankara holds responsible for last week's deadly bomb attack on a busy street in Istanbul.

Folks examine a website broken by Turkish airstrikes that hit an influence station in Taql Baql village, Hasakeh province, Syria, on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. Turkey’s protection ministry mentioned on Sunday that Turkey launched lethal airstrikes on northern areas of Syria and Iraq, concentrating on Kurdish teams that Ankara holds liable for final week’s lethal bomb assault on a busy avenue in Istanbul.
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Turkey’s overseas coverage stature has gained extra forex inside the Biden administration since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish analysis program on the Washington Institute, mentioned: “Turkey helps Ukraine militarily” towards Russia.

Turkey has provided Ukraine with 50 mine-resistant automobiles. Erdogan’s authorities additionally bought the Bayraktar TB2 drone to Ukraine. The unmanned aerial car carries laser-guided bombs. The Turkish drone has been a robust weapon to strike the Russian forces.

Even in gentle of Turkey’s higher worldwide fame, Cagaptay would not see the Biden administration letting the Syrian Kurds dry. “Turkey’s significance to the USA has elevated, and it does not imply [the] America has fully deserted YPG.”