Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 A.M.) – Turkey is planning to launch a large-scale military operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Sunday.

Erdogan stated that he has informed his Russian and U.S. counterparts about the military operation, which he said would specifically target areas controlled by the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

“We entered Afrin, Jarabulus, and Al-Bab [in northern Syria], and now we’re going to enter east of the Euphrates,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an inauguration ceremony in Bursa.

“We shared this [information] with the U.S. and Russia,” he added.

Erdogan and his administration have often referenced the PKK in Syria, despite the fact that the organization controls no territory inside the country.

The PKK has been outlawed by Ankara for several years now, as the organization was involved in a long conflict with the Turkish Armed Forces in the latter part of the 20th Century.

During the PKK-Turkish Army conflict, Syria, under the leadership of President Hafez Al-Assad, provided military assistance to the Kurdish group, including a base to launch attacks on the border.

This military assistance caused friction between Damascus and Ankara for years, until they both reached an agreement at the city of Adana in the late 1990s.

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The YPG made their bed with the US. Now let us see if the US is willing too take on another NATO country. Who will the rest of NATO assist when one is attacked invoking their required response. There is an old saying that sort of goes , If a group of people are standing on tip toes in a cess pit / septic tank with the liquid up too their lips and one makes waves everyone gets a mouthful.

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Turkey has already been informed FOR long that their actions into Syria weren’t covered by NATO’s Charter Ch.5 (Mutual Defence) since, legally, they’re the aggressors. USA just re-deployed F-22, France has deployed long range SAMs, CJTF/OIR aircraft are doing patrols over Rojava. Meanwhile, Turkey is also illegally drilling for gas in Cyprus EEZ while threatening to fully invading the island, Errr, Cyprus is EU member state, and 22 of the 29 NATO countries are EU…, the remainders being Turkey, USA, Canada, Albania, Iceland, Norway Montenegro. Hundreds of trucks are delivering weapons to Rojava every day and USAns, French and Brits,… Read more »

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Which group in Syria is abiding by the rules . Looks like NATO is on the verge of breaking up and waves of sh it are about to give some a taste. Ergoman about to be too busy to worry about those in Iblid

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On the verge of breaking up, not really : it has constantly enlarged since 1949 : Breaking up? Dark blue : NATO members Clear blue : Membership Action Plan Yellow : Individual Partnership Action Plan Orange : Partnership for Peace Red : Mediterranean Dialogue Purple : Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Green : Global Partners Add to this that EU membership = mutual defence treaty too and EU can summon NATO just like the UNSC so EU non-NATO members benefit from the alliance too… With Turkey OPENLY threatening another member state (Greece) and also an EU member (Cyprus) with invasions, constant aggressive… Read more »

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If Turkey is stupid enough to attack the YPG and the US responds by attacking Turkey and Turkey and NATO part ways , is that not breaking up. Word of the day . Pedantic .

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Breaking up is not losing one member, it’d mean that NATO disbands… And if Turkey doesn’t stop its follies, it wil be dumped.

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Information directly from coalition source: “Turkey asked for coordinates of US bases, observation posts along the border in NE #Syria and the request was refused.”
What Erdogan means by “we informed the US of the operation in east of Euph.” is exactly this.

A spokeswoman for the Sky News Arabia: Any Turkish military action without coordination with the United States would harm relations between the two countries

US warns Turkey against attacking northeast Syria
https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/d1d51689-9a10-4a1d-9737-c52c3901600b

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A simple statement from American will now be issued that YPG is not a terrorist organization and that will be like pricking a sharp pin into the hot air balloon of bully ErDOG. PKK / YPG /SDF all are the same tea out of the same Kurdish Kurdistan kettle and no one will let down the other. Turki cannot go against PKK & YPG and Americans will ensure to support the Kurds and have given them sufficient ATGMs to protect themselves. Let us see how the Leopards & Pantheras will fare against the TOWs! Turki is accusing President Assad’s government… Read more »

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+++ “A simple statement from American will now be issued that YPG is not a terrorist organization and that will be like pricking a sharp pin into the hot air balloon of bully ErDOG” >>> He’s been told this many times but… When you have a thick head… +++ “PKK / YPG /SDF all are the same tea out of the same Kurdish Kurdistan kettle and no one will let down the other” >>> Not really : SDF adds many Arab groups to YPGs, YPG/YPJs are local defense militias that have initially been put up to protect villages and towns… Read more »

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And to be frank, I’d be very positive with the idea to set up an EU program similar to the Flying Tigers:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers