BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – A massive Turkish Army force has amassed along the Syrian border this week, despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent pledge to implement a 32-kilometer long safe zone in northern Syria.

According to local reports, the Turkish Army has amassed a force that greatly exceeds their Syrian rebel allies along the border.

The reports add that the Turkish Army has mostly mobilized their forces around the Syrian border-cities of Kobane (var. Ayn Al-Arab) and Tal Abyad.

While Erdogan vowed to implement this safe zone, it is highly unlikely that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) will trust Turkey to ensure the safety of the region.

Erdogan has been eager to get the U.S. troops to leave Syria so that his armed forces could begin their long-awaited offensive against the Kurdish forces.

 

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The safe zone intended by the Sultan is the Northern Cyprus solution.

A territory administered by “elected” pro Ottoman Sultanate Turkmens and Salafi Arab mercenaries who will get ethnic Turkish advisers on civil and military issues.

The same territory he claimed under several pretexts and guises before: No Flying Zone to protect Syrians from Assad… and so on.

The same area that he claimed as holy Turkish soil pointing at the irredentist Turkish National oath / Misak-ı Millî.

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It is true that today Northern Cyprus is part of Erdogans Neo-Ottoman dream. However we must remember how it all came to this-how Cyprus was split “1974: July – President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III, demands withdrawal of Greek army officers assigned to the National Guard on the well-founded charge that they are using their position to subvert his government. In reaction, Athens engineers an anti-Makarios coup, which is carried out successfully by conspirators planning union with Greece. In Ankara, Prime Minister Ecevit condemns the coup as constituting a direct threat to Cyprus’s Turkish minority. Some 30,000 Turkish troops, supported… Read more »

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@Matija Tomac, the split was unlawful. The majority on the Island is Greek. If they wanted unity with Greece – so be it. Just like on the Crimea. The Cypriote Greek nationalists canvassed for that. And that was the real reason why Turkey invaded.

Nobody except Turkey recognized Northern Cyprus. And the Turkish minority was never threatened by the Greek minority. That was the pretense behind Turk invasion.
Today the Turkish claim to the mainland shelf is partially via Northern Cyprus. The northern Third is the cornerstone to another aggression.

p.s. And it does not matter who was behind the scenes.

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“And it does not matter who was behind the scenes.”If it starts a war that kills people then it does. Does it matter that outside forces support terrorists in Syria? “The junta (Greek) probably would have agreed to some form of partition similar to the Acheson Plan to settle the Cyprus question, but it faced rejection by Makarios” “President Makarios, seeking a fresh mandate from his constituency, announced in January 1968 that elections would be held during February. Makarios received 220,911 votes (about 96 percent), and his opponent, Takis Evdokas, who ran on a platform for unification with Greece, received… Read more »

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@Matija, You IMHO justified the Turkish invasion with the US machinations. So I said: “And it does not matter who was behind the scenes.” And now You do hair splitting. There is and was no reason to partition Cyprus. The Acheson Plan was void since the Turk Cyriots were the majority in no viable area. And Makarios who was against the Heim INS Reich movement won the democratic process. The Greek junta did not threaten to genocide or ethnically cleanse the Turk Cyriots. So no Greek junta’s action can justify that Turkey is keeping Cyprus annexed until today. You do… Read more »

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I just explain what (and who-the US) triggered it. It is IMHO important to say why things happen and what causes them. It is IMHO important for the people to realise that they were fooled by nationalism and to realise who caused this to them. “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. “There is and was no reason to partition Cyprus.” But the junta were such scum that they were willing to do it just so that they can have some “victory” to show to the Greek people (who hated the junta). “If they wanted… Read more »

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@Matija, I do not want to contest or deny Your high knowledge.

But it was not a Turkish regime that came to think we can do that too because the Greeks started it. Vise versa Turkey started. And that could have motivated some Greeks to act thus.

The Turkish government claimed: It wanted to protect the Turkish minority against forced eviction by terror or economical pressure to leave. Since Atatürk’s time this form of demographic engineering has been standard practice in Turkey.

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p.s. Riots against the Non-Muslims of Turkey: 6/7 September 1955 in the context of demographic engineering https://journals.openedition.org/ejts/4538

I just found it when I searched an article about the ethnic cleansing of the Greek population on the Turkish Islands which I knew. I looked for it just in case… And the described acts and procedures reminded me of Kristallnacht and the ethnic cleansing of Germans after WW II.

Oh yes. I know that the US are into this kind of demographic engineering.