BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:56 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish troops plan to launch a new operation in northern Syria in the next few weeks, one of the FSA field commanders Ahmed Usman told TASS on Friday.

Usman, who is a member of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee delegation to the Geneva talks, claimed that the new operation between the FSA and the Turkish military will begin “in less than a month”.

“The Euphrates Shield Operation was aimed at reaching the city of al-Bab and liberate it,” Usman said adding that this task had been fulfilled.

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“Now we are considering opportunities to launch new operations, probably, under different code names,” he said.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday announced the completion of the Euphrates Shield operation, however he did not rule out a new operation.

With Turkey blocked off from being able to fight ISIS, it can be assumed that this new operation would be against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

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  1. All this is possibly the price of Turkey encouraging better relations with the US by putting pressure on Idlib/Latakia in order to prevent or delay any SAA advance in Deir Ezzor.

    The US plan now seems to be a puppet state of the Kurds that has oil and gas resources that will naturally be thoroughly exploited by US companies and of course yet another US base in the region.

    • Yep, Turkey’s militant protégés will now be sent to Idlib to tie down the Syrian army in Hama, while the Americans let the Daesh escape Raqqa to go and take Deir-ez-Zor off the Syrians.

    • Try not to judge the current US administration based on the past, totally different president and way of thinking.

      Trump is not G.W. Bush and the people working for Trump have a completely different mindset than the administrations of both Bush and Obama.

      It’s easy to assume based on what has happened in the past, but wait and see. So far I haven’t seen anything that indicates Trump is going down the same road as his predecessors.

      By embedding US marines with the Kurds in the North, that prevented Turkey from advancing. If it became an escalated conflict with Turkey, since Turkey is a NATO member, if Russia attacked, you would then potentially have a conflict between NATO and Russia and that’s not good, especially with tensions as high as they are in Ukraine and with a lot of nuclear weapons.

      I don’t think Erdogan’s a bad guy, hopefully he sees that he’s being used by the EU for further conflict with Russia. The US would have been the only ones in the area that could have engaged Turkey without creating even more conflict since they are NATO as well.

      With that said, I would much rather see a united Syria with a large concentration of Kurds in the north, as opposed to a separate Kurdish state, independent of the greater Syria, wedged between Turkey and Syria.

      • Turkey has been warned that their action in Syria didn’t fell under chapter 5 of NATO charter, in other terms, they won’t get support, if Russia goes after Turkish troops, there’s no problem as long as they don’t intervene into Turkey.

        “I don’t think Erdogan’s a bad guy”
        => He’s just the head of a party which’s a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, so are al-Qaeda, Talebans, AQAT, AQIL, al-Mourabitoun, An-Sardine and many others, for sure, a very nice guy, like Qatar’s Emir… He’s just responsible of all the shit happening in Syria as he let gigantic numbers of shithadists and weapon cargos go through his country and bought blood oil à gogo, he also totally levels Kurdish cities, there are many extra-judiciary killings, etc, but hey, he’s not a bad guy 😀

        “he sees that he’s being used by the EU for further conflict with Russia”
        => Are you a fool? It’s US DoS that created the Ukrainian crisis, and the goas, as Vickie Nuland said with her lovely voice while plotting the coup : “Fuck the E.U.!” to which US ambassador answered : “Exactly”.
        Let’s be clear, having ‘border’ troubles ins neither the E.U. nor the Russian interest. It costs big money to both BTW…
        Actually, it’s much more the US interests to not see both entities befriending and NATO, since the end of Cold War, has been used by US/UK for no other purpose than to avoid such friendship to grow.
        Actually, the best thing that could happen for both Russia and the EU : 100% EU-isation of NATO (maybe keeping Canada in but no US/UK/Turkey), alliance with Russia and maybe even Russia entering the EU!
        Anyone with understanding of what geopolitics is can only see clearly the interest of such building. Thus, it wouldn’t make the day of the PFNAC-backers for sure.

  2. Another alarming burst of Turkish irredentism.

    p.s. Erdogan claimed areas ceded by the treaty of Lausane 1923. Atatürk gave up some areas where Turkmens were a strong minority in exchange of the compact borders of Anatolia/Asia Minor and immediate peace. Ahmed Usman of FSA and Sultan Murat brigade are the chief facilitators of Turkish territorial revanchism. The targets: Greek islands, Aleppo, Mosul… areas with oil. The war against terror IS, Kurds, Turk minorities are no more than an excuse.

    https://foreignpolicymag.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/misaki-milli-nedir.jpg

    Maps appear among Turkophiles to advertize the claims.

  3. Turquía debe abstenerse en este momento de intervenir ya que resta fuerzas a las ofensivas del ejercito Sirio contra los terroristas en norte de Hama, Latajia e Idlib, de la misma forma indirectamente está sirviendo de distractor del avance de SDF en Al-Raqqa.