Turkey has vowed to:
take action against a United States-supported plan to establish a Kurdish-majority force of 30,000 troops in Syria “regardless of who backs them”, cautioned Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Turkey is desperate to crush the Kurds. The tension is historic:
When Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the modern republic in the ashes of World War I, Turkish nationalists attempted to unite everybody under a single identity for the sake of national unity and to prevent any more territorial loss, but the Kurds refused to join up because the Western powers had promised them a state of their own.
Thus Turkish response to “Kurdish nationalism was tantamount to attempted cultural genocide.”
So now adding to tensions is that Kurdish-led regions of Syria are looking to a new U.S.-backed border force to protect them in the face of growing threats from Turkey and Damascus; “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now pledged to ‘choke ‘ the 30,000-strong Syrian Border Security Force.”
The jihad wars between rival Muslim groups are a historic plague, now threatening the West; this fact is routinely ignored by leftist-socialist ideologues who have bought into the concept of “Islamophobia” that is intended to silence observers. While Erdogan aims to crush the Kurds, he wants “Islamophobia” declared a crime against humanity.
It was also just announced that the Twitter accounts of Former Fox News hosts Greta van Susteren and Eric Bolling were hacked by Erdogan Turkish loyalists. One of the messages sent out to millions read: “We love the Turks and Muslims in the world. We condemn those who persecute them, especially in the United States, and we share their suffering. We love Turkish soldiers, we love Erdoğan, we love Turkey.”
“Turkey Warns: ‘We Will Take Our Own Measures’ Against U.S.-Allied Syrian Kurds”, Breitbart, by Edwin Mora, Breitbart News, January 17, 2018:
Turkey vows to take action against a United States-supported plan to establish a Kurdish-majority force of 30,000 troops in Syria “regardless of who backs them,” cautioned Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The foreign minister reportedly urged the United States to “clarify which side it is on, whether it chooses to be with its allies or terror groups.”
“We will take our own measures [against Kurdish-majority force]. Regardless of who backs them, whether it is the U.S. or other countries, it doesn’t matter to us,” the foreign minister told reporters in Canada’s Vancouver city, reports Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
The foreign minister reportedly urged the United States to “clarify which side it is on, whether it chooses to be with its allies or terror groups.”
Alluding to “a possible military operation into” Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, the foreign minister pointed out that Turkey will continue to fight against the U.S.-allied People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ).
The YPG is the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) that controls vast swathes of northern Syria (the YPJ is it’s all-women analog).
America’s support for the Syrian Kurdish groups, which Turkey considers to be terrorists linked to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), has driven a wedge between NATO allies Ankara and Washington.
Although the United States has also deemed the PKK to be a terrorist organization, it has provided support to the Syrian Kurdish groups in their fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).
Cavusoglu’s warning comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to “choke” the 30,000-strong Syrian Border Security Force (BSF).
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Arab alliance made up primarily of YPG fighters, is expected to lead the BSF.
In a statement issued by Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, the alliance confirmed that it is “working jointly” with the YPG-led SDF “to establish and train the new Syrian Border Security Force.”
Erdogan has dismissed the BSF as a “horde of murderers.”…..