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Turkey-FSA Take Jarablus From IS Without Fight

category greece / turkey / cyprus | imperialism / war | news report author Thursday August 25, 2016 04:30author by Kurdish Question Report this post to the editors

Turkish troops and so-called 'moderate Islamist' Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants have entered Jarablus town centre and taken over all government buildings from Islamic State. Reports say almost no clashes took place between the two sides as IS militants had evacuated the city days before. Footage from FSA militants also shows that there is no civilian presence left in the city in Syria's north.

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More than 20 Turkish tanks and 500+ FSA troops entered Northern Syria this morning as part of the 'Euphrates Shield' operation, what Turkish officials have called an "assault on Islamic State and YPG terrorists."

Kurdish sources have reported Turkish shelling of Kurdish majority neighbourhoods in the east and west of Jarablus, where at least 49 civilians have been killed say Kurdish sources.

More than 3000 civilians have fled to nearby Manbij, which was liberated from Islamic State by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently.

Kurdish officials have condemned Turkey's excursion as occupation, with PYD co-chair Saleh Moslem saying: Turkey is in Syrian quagmire and will be defeated like Daish (Islamic State). Kurdish commentators and some international media sources have emphasised that the true target of the military excursion is not IS but Kurdish-led forces who were preparing for a military operation to liberate Jarablus, Al-Bab and Mare from IS and unite the three cantons of Rojava.

This claim was substantiated by Turkish officials who said they would not allow for a Kurdish entity to be created on their border.

Meanwhile US officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have declared their support for the operation and called on the YPG to return to the east of the Euphrates. Many commentators are calling the US's stance "treason" against the Kurds.

In response YPG commander Redur Xelil told Reuters the decision for their fighters to return to the east of the Euphrates will be made by the SDF General Command.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also confirmed US support by saying the operation had been planned with the US "from the beginning," and warned PYD/YPG to retreat otherwise they would "do what is necessary."

Commentators have said the US, Iran, Russia, Syria and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) gave the green-light and agreed on the operation.

However the Syrian Foreign Ministry has also condemned the excursion as "violation of the country's sovereignty," and said "Turkey is replacing one terrorist group with another."

Russia has also weighed in with the Foreign Ministry saying they are apprehensive about developments on the Turkey-Syria border.

Turkish sources are saying the operation could continue into Al-Bab and Mare, with a final push on Manbij, which will likely lead to clashes with the SDF.

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La Turchia ed il Libero Esercito di Siria prendono Jarablus all'ISIS senza combattere
by Kurdish Question

La truppe turche ed i miliziani del cosiddetto "islamista moderato" Libero Esercito di Siria (FSA) sono entrati nel centro della città di Jarablus togliendo all'ISIS tutti i palazzi governativi. Dai reports si apprende che non ci sarebbero stati scontri tra i due schieramenti dal momento che l'ISIS aveva già abbandonato la città da alcuni giorni. Filmati girati da miliziani del FSA fanno vedere anche che non ci sono civili presenti della città della Siria settentrionale.

Più di 20 carri armati turchi e 500 soldati turchi insieme ai miliziani del FSA sono penetrati stamattina nel nord della Siria all'interno dell'operazione "Euphrates Shield', definita dagli ufficiali turchi un "atttacco allo ISIS ed ai terroristi curdi".

Fonti curde riportano bombardamenti turchi sugi abitati curdi ad est ed ovest di Jarablus, con la morte di almeno 49 civili.

Più di 3000 civili sono fuggiti nella vicina Manbij, che era stata tolta all'ISIS da poco dalle Forze Democratiche Siriane (SDF).

Esponenti curdi hanno condannato l'operazione turca come una vera e propria invasione, con le parole del co-presidente del PYD Saleh Moslem: la Turchia è entrata nel pantano siriano e verrà sconfitta proprio come Daish (Islamic State). Commentatori curdi ad alcuni media internazionali hanno sottolineato che il vero obiettivo dell'operazione turca non è l'ISIS bensì le forze a guida curda che si stavano preparando ad un'operazione militare per liberare dall'ISIS Jarablus, Al-Bab e Mare fino ad unire così i 3 cantoni della Rojava.

Questa interpretazione è stata confermata da esponenti turchi i quali hanno detto che non permetteranno la costituzione di un'entità curda al loro confine.

Nel frattemmpo, esponenti USA, tra cui il Vice Presidente Joe Biden, hanno dichiarato il loro sostegno all'operazione turca e chiesto alle YPG di ritirarsi ad est dell'Eufrate. Molti commentatori hanno definito come "tradimento", la posizione assunta dagli USA contro i Curdi.

In risposta, il comandante delle YPG, Redur Xelil, ha detto alla Reuters che la decisione di ritornare ad est dell'Eufrate sarà presa dal Comando Generale delle SDF.

Il ministro degli esteri turco Mevlut Cavusoglu ha confermato il sostegno USA dicendo che l'operazione era stata pianificata con gli USA "fin dall'inizio" ed avvertendo PYD/YPG di ritirarsi altrimenti "si farà ciò che è necessario".

Alcuni commentatori hanno detto che USA, Iran, Russia, Siria e Governo Regionale Curdo (KRG in Iraq) avevano dato luce verde e concordato con l'operazione.

Tuttavia, il ministro degli esteri siriano ha condannato l'operazione quale "violazione della sovranità del paese" aggiungendo che la "Turchia sta rimpiazzando un gruppo terrorista con un altro".

La Russia ha dato peso alle parole del ministro siriano dicendo di essere preoccupata sugli sviluppi lungo il confine turco-siriano.

Fonti turche dicono che l'operazione potrebbe proseguire nelle zone di Al-Bab e Mare, con una spinta finale fino a Manbij, cosa che porterebbe le forze tuche a scontrarsi con quelle del SDF.
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