Turkey inches nearer to invasion of northern Syria as Islamic State terror menace grows

There may be vital concern that Turkey’s deliberate floor invasion into Syria to root-out the U.S.-allied Kurds may open the floodgates for the discharge of 1000’s of imprisoned Islamic State terrorists.

Syrian Kurdish forces have incarcerated 1000’s of ISIS terrorists from greater than 50 international locations in prisons in northeastern Syrian.

Brigadier Normal Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, stated on Wednesday, “Latest air strikes in Syria straight threatened the security of U.S. personnel who’re working in Syria with native companions to defeat ISIS and preserve custody of greater than 10,000 ISIS detainees.”

Democratic Union Occasion/Kurdistan Employees’ Occasion positions hit by Turkey’s Pence-Kilic operation within the Maranez village of Tel Rifaat on Nov. 24, 2022 in Azaz, Syria.
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Turkey not too long ago launched air strikes focusing on the Syrian Kurdish navy group—The Individuals’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and the Kurdistan Employees’ Occasion (PKK) in Iraq. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared “This isn’t restricted to only an air marketing campaign,” including, “We’ll seek the advice of with our protection ministry and basic employees and determine collectively to which our land forces must contribute, then take our steps accordingly.” Earlier, Turkey’s protection minister was quoted by the nation’s media as saying the operation continues with some 326 enemy combatants killed to date.

Combating a resurgence of the terrorist motion Islamic State stays a high precedence for the U.S. navy. The U.S. shaped an alliance with the YPG to oust ISIS, whereas battle between Erdogan and the Kurdish forces in Syria could also be shifting from a localized battle to a full-blown struggle. 

Ryder famous that an “Speedy de-escalation is critical to take care of give attention to the defeat-ISIS mission and make sure the security and safety of personnel on the bottom dedicated to the defeat-ISIS mission.”

Turkish Embassy officers in Washington informed Fox News Digital that, “Now we have again and again identified threats in opposition to our nationwide safety, posed by the PKK/YPG terrorist community in Syria and Iraq. Now we have all the time known as for unequivocal and real solidarity within the face of terrorism in all its kinds and manifestations.”

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

Turkish President and chief of the Justice and Improvement Occasion, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is greeted by his social gathering members earlier than addressing a gathering on the Turkish Grand Nationwide Meeting in Ankara on Nov 23, 2022.
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The Turkish diplomat added, “However, the terrorist group continued its assaults, not too long ago focusing on harmless civilians within the coronary heart of Istanbul. On account of the assault perpetrated on Nov. 13, 2022, 6 civilians have been killed and 81 injured.”

The U.S. authorities has labeled the PKK as a terrorist group, however views the YPG as helpful accomplice within the battle in opposition to the Islamic State. 

Ned Value, the U.S. State Division spokesman not too long ago stated, “We categorical our honest condolences for the lack of civilian life that has occurred in Syria and Turkey” and urged an “fast de-escalation.” 

Intensive Turkish air and drone strikes have killed Syrian Kurds and pulverized crucial industries in northern Syria. Sinam Mohamad, the consultant of the Syrian Democratic Council to the U.S., informed Fox News Digital.

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

Women walk in the al-Hol camp that houses some 60,000 refugees, including families and supporters of the Islamic State group.

Girls stroll within the al-Hol camp that homes some 60,000 refugees, together with households and supporters of the Islamic State group.
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She added Turkey has bombed the area 47 occasions from Nov. 19 via Nov. 23, and the air strikes killed six troopers from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), together with two anti-terror troopers educated by the U.S. navy.

Mohamad, who’s in touch with Syrians on the bottom within the battle zone, stated Turkish forces killed 15 civilians for the reason that begin of this spherical of air strikes. “Turkey is now focusing on very important infrastructures, energy stations, grain silos, and oil and gasoline infrastructures.”

She claimed 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 the folks escaped. It’s a very crucial scenario. The worldwide group and U.N. ought to take motion to stop Turkey from destabilizing the area.”

A number one knowledgeable on Turkey, Hay Etyan Cohen Yanarocak, from the Jerusalem Institute for Technique and Safety, solid vital doubt on Turkey’s rationalization for launching its most up-to-date assaults. 

He claimed that, “The newest terror assault in opposition to Istanbul was carried about by Syrian forces who have been dissatisfied with Turkey’s U-turn as a result of Turkey signaled it was prepared to normalize relations with [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” he informed Fox News Digital.

He added that, “Erdogan is aware of very nicely that it will be rather a lot simpler to punish the Kurds as a substitute of punishing Syrians. We all know the Free Syrian Army is taken into account an ally of Turkey. If the Free Syrian Army was tagged as accountable [for the terror attack in Istanbul], his overseas coverage doctrine would collapse.”


The professional-Kurdish social gathering, The Individuals’s Democratic Occasion, within the Turkish parliament submitted a movement requesting an inquiry into the Istanbul assault. Erdogan’s Justice and Improvement Occasion alongside together with his ally, the Nationalist Motion Occasion, rejected the investigation.

All Kurdish navy forces in Syria, in addition to the PKK, have flatly denied accountability for the Istanbul terrorism assault. The commander of the SDF, Normal Mazloum Abdi, talking solely to Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, claimed the Istanbul bomber was from the Islamic State. 

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

Uzay Bulut, a Turkish political analyst and analysis fellow for the Philos Mission, informed Fox News Digital, “If Kobane falls to Turkey, Turkey will occupy it alongside jihadists organizations, as additionally they do in different Syrian cities corresponding to Idlib and Afrin. Naturally, these Turkish navy assaults in opposition to the SDF will weaken the counter ISIS marketing campaign within the area.”

In response to Bulut, “The Turkish regime have to be absolutely conscious of that such an occupation solely helps ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliated terror teams within the area.”

A Turkish official rebuffed such an argument and informed Fox News Digital that “We’re the one NATO ally that has boots on the bottom and fought DAESH [Islamic State] chest-to-chest for the reason that outset.”

People inspect a site damaged by Turkish airstrikes that hit an electricity station in the village of Taql Baql, in Hasakeh province, Syria, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. The Turkish Defense Ministry said Sunday that Turkey launched deadly airstrikes over northern regions of Syria and Iraq, targeting Kurdish groups that Ankara holds responsible for last week's deadly bomb attack in a bustling street in Istanbul.

Individuals examine a web site broken by Turkish airstrikes that hit an electrical energy station within the village of Taql Baql, in Hasakeh province, Syria, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. The Turkish Protection Ministry stated Sunday that Turkey launched lethal airstrikes over northern areas of Syria and Iraq, focusing on Kurdish teams that Ankara holds liable for final week’s lethal bomb assault in a bustling avenue in Istanbul.
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Turkey’s overseas coverage stature has gained higher foreign money throughout the Biden administration since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Soner Cagaptay, the director of the Turkish Analysis Program on the Washington Institute, stated, “Turkey helps Ukraine militarily” in opposition to Russia. 

Turkey furnished Ukraine with 50 mine-resistant autos. Erdogan’s authorities has additionally bought the Bayraktar TB2 drone to Ukraine. The unmanned aerial automobile carries laser-guided bombs. The Turkish drone has been a strong weapon in pounding Russian forces.

Even in gentle of Turkey’s improved worldwide fame, Cagaptay doesn’t see the Biden administration leaving the Syrian Kurds out to dry. “Turkey’s significance to the U.S. has elevated, and it doesn’t imply [the] U.S. has utterly deserted YPG.”

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