Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Justice and Development Party (AKP) members, today, that his nation’s military will continue their operations inside Syria.

“The operations of the Turkish army in Jarabulus, Al Bab and Afrin will be carried out in other Syrian regions, up to the Iraqi border,” Erdogan began.

Erdogan would then tell the crowd of AKP members that the Turkish military operations will expand to Iraq’s Sinajr and Makhmur regions.

“They will also be carried out in [Iraq’s] Sinjar and Makhmur. We will eliminate the terrorist threat coming from the territory of Syria and Iraq. We will not let terrorists to control zones near our southern borders,” Erdogan said at the Justice and Development Party’s congress,” he would add.

Since the start of August, the Turkish military has been hammering the Sinjar region of Iraq in a bid to clear out the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members in this mountainous area.

 

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Bob
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Crazy dog. Apparently he has decided to confront everybody… Not only USA but also Assad and probably Putin. He’s going to destablize the whole región for years.

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Bob Do you think he would go on the phone or to Russia to shake Putin’s hand and then attack the Russian interests in Syria? I think you need to re-think about how the Russian diplomatic top carries out their policies. In reality the war in Syria and Iraq boils down to this; the US and its partners have lost the war and dominance in the region. What we are seeing now is the residue of the previous might 2001-2015. The Turks are on board with the Russians and won’t dare to make a wrong step. The cosmetics of diplomacy… Read more »

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It could all be bluff and bluster. He has a better time negotiating with Assad and Putin than he would with Trump. Unless ofcourse, he acts like a rabid dog and bites everyone, then all bets are off…

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That’s a bias statement, anti justice actually.

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The Russians and SAA have been softening up HTS forces in both Latakia and northern Hama since the victorious Daraa operations, and to all intense purposes, it’s been looking like the SAA would eventually initiate a simultaneous 2 pronged offensive into Idlib from these 2 locations. HTS have dug themselves in waiting for the expected assault and everyone else, including the FSA, have believed HTS would be the next intended SAA targets, that is until 2 days ago. Now we have the FSA calling for 10 towns in eastern Idlib to evacuate within 24 hours, due to a perceived SAA… Read more »

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Any time the Turks kill Kurds that’s one less vermon Islamic mujahideen has to terminate. So be it!