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

Turkey’s defense minister on Friday pledged to wage a campaign against a US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia.

The comments from Hulusi Akar, on an unannounced visit to inspect troops stationed near the Syrian border directly opposite territory held by the US-backed Kurdish YPG, appeared to be aimed at both Washington and its Kurdish allies, Reuters said.

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast.

The Kurdish groups that control a vast swath of northern Syria have now turned to Damascus in the hope of striking a political deal that will stave off Turkey and shield their autonomy in the north.

 

 

Source: RT

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Turkey may start a major regional conflict after alienating all neighbors.

Middle East Eye reports: Senior intelligence officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Israel agreed at the meeting that they considered Turkey, rather than Iran, to be their major military rival in the region, and discussed plans to counter Ankara’s influence. … The fourth measure agreed on at the meeting was to support Syria’s Kurds against Turkey’s attempts to expel the YPG … from the Turkish border….

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And for good reasons : Iran works at becoming dangerous. Turkey is well armed for long and they’re led by a madman. You also forget there is already an alliance between Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt since Erdogan wants to appropriate the Levantine gas basin for Turkey alone. Not speaking about his threats to invade Greek islands which wouldn’t only trigger a war with Greece but with the whole EUince art 47(2) of EU constitution is equivalent to NATO’s charter chapter 5 : attack any EU country, get all EU armies against you… This means something slightly bigger than attacking…… Read more »

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@Daeshbags-Sux, Iran can work on it but only spend about 6 billion on military. IMHO Israeli loud oh weh cries are a mere homage to KSA and UAE. Turkey is well armed but can only spend 10 billion and needs outside help to replace certain military items.

I have been fully aware of the alliance between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Egypt. Together they can muster three times the military budget of Turkey and can replace almost all military items domestically.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, p.s. Right, IMHO the Sultan must swim if the EU decides to spit. Many EU countries such as Germany are currently spending only an absolute peace time percentage of their GDP for their military. But at a level of 1.2% of the GDP e.g. Germany raises 4 times more money than Turkey (using about 2% the GDP) and almost as much as Russia (using about 3% of the GDP) for the military. These countries will step up expenditures in case of a conflict. And the EU can churn out vast quantities of any military hardware. Autsch.

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One can only hope that if and when turks and their jihadis attack northern Syria , this attack will be smothered in their blood.

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@Karel, which can happen. A green conscript and mercenary army attacking dedicated seasoned defenders who fear a genocide for their civilians.

The Sultan purged his army much like Stalin before the Winter War against Finland. I hope for the worst.

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So do I!
Let’s just hope Erdogan has nobody like Vatutin or Joukov in reserve, thus, the situation is very different : when he had to find allies against the Nazis, even if they don’t liked him at all, Stalin was able to find help from the US, UK, Free French etc… Erdogan has alienated all his potential allies and well, having praised the Nazi regime as an effective form of government or having insulted Angela Merkel were great ways to ruin Turkish relation with its most powerful neighbour, the EU.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, very different. I. M. Maiski claimed that the UK made Germany’s Hitler believe the Soviets would attack. Their troops were in fact set up for attack – but from ignorance. So Stalin already had “allies” that wanted him to fight.

The US, UK gave almost a million vehicles via land lease which made the Soviet troops more mobile than the Axis troops. This changed the strategic edge against the more competent Axis military.

But who will donate military goods to the Sultan?
And even smaller EU countries like Holland have a military budget as big as Turkey. Autsch.