RT – January 20, 2018: …The US says that its forces in Syria, which are there without the permission of the Syrian government; it says that they are only there to ensure the defeat of the ISIS terrorists. And at this point now they are saying that to withdraw them would strengthen the Syrian government – the internationally recognized government of Syria. And according to the Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at a media conference after a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York, he said: The lack of a fundamental commitment to our agreements is typical of current US diplomacy, including the reasons why the Americans stay in Syria. Rex Tillerson repeatedly stated that there only goal in Syria…was the defeat of ISIS, but now they have far more ambitious plans.
One of the overall themes of Lavrov remarks was Russia’s efforts to stabilize the world and reduce the level of terrorism and instability around the world in different regions. And he voiced some criticism of US leaders and frustrations, but the overall of the theme was an effort to kinda get along with countries around the world and create stability in parts of the world that have been unstable and plagued by terrorism, violence and extremism.
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US troops cannot stay in Syria without permission of Damascus – Moscow
RT – January 20, 2018: Without the approval of the Syrian government the US military cannot stay in the country, Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy to Syria Aleksandr Lavrentiev said on Saturday. “Our position is absolutely clear – American troops should not stay in the territory of a sovereign state without the permission of its government,” he stated. The US military presence can harm the peace efforts in the country, namely the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress which will be held in Sochi on January 29-30, Lavrentiev said. Moscow, however, wishes to see the US act as an observer during the meeting. The Congress is expected to provide a dialogue platform for the Syrian government and opposition well as to launch the process of creating a new constitution. Link: Read Article
Turkey’s Afrin op: Tanks cross Syrian border, ground offensive begins
RT – January 201, 2018: At least 10 people have reportedly been killed in Afrin, Syria, as Turkey bombed the predominantly Kurdish region. Footage from the scene shows hospitals treating wounded civilians and locals donating blood.
Turkish planes bomb Syrian Kurdish targets as Ankara-backed rebels enter Afrin
RT – January 20, 2018: Turkish aircraft have bombed Kurdish targets in Syria’s Afrin, according to the Turkish prime minister. Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have also entered the Kurdish enclave, state media reported.
“TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) has started airborne operations,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a party congress on Saturday, as quoted by Hurriyet. Yildirim said eight F-16 aircraft were involved in the aerial sortie.
Following the launch of the operation, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag tweeted that Turkey respects Syria’s territorial integrity. Ankara has assured Moscow and other concerned nations that the operation is only targeting “terrorists.” Link: Read Complete Article
Turkish Jets Hit Syrian Airport Used by US to Supply Arms to Kurds – Reports
SPUTNIKNEWS – January 18, 2018: More than 70 Turkish military aircraft that have been engaged in Ankara’s Olive Branch operation in northern Syria against the Kurdish troop, according to Turkey’ General Staff.
The Turkish Air Force attacked the Minnig airfield in northwestern Syria, which the US used for supplying weapons to Kurdish armed forces, the Hurriyet newspaper reported citing military sources.
Commenting on the Olive Branch operation, launched earlier in the day, Turkey’ General Staff announced that more than 70 Turkish military aircraft that have been engaged in the offensive.
“The airstrikes were conducted against terrorist targets in seven districts of Afrin, where 108 targets were hit. Seventy two aircraft of the Turkish Air Force engaged in the operation have successfully returned to their bases,” the statement said. Link: Read Complete Article
Russian MoD accuses US of stirring up tensions in northern Syria with arms supplies
RT – January 20, 2018: The US is fuelling the crisis in northern Syria and the ongoing Turkish military operation against the Kurds through reckless weapon supplies to pro-American rebel groups, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said.
“The Pentagon’s uncontrolled deliveries of modern weaponry to the pro-US militants in the north of Syria, including, according to our information, contributed to the rapid escalation of tensions and prompted the Turkish special operation,” the ministry said Saturday.
The “provocative actions” of Washington – the announcement of the creation of “border forces” and other activities aimed at the “disintegration of Syrian sovereignty, and supporting armed militant groups” have triggered an “extremely negative” reaction from Ankara, the ministry noted.
The ongoing Turkish military operation has prompted Russian forces, stationed in the region, to regroup and relocate military police units and Reconciliation Center operatives to the village of Tell-Adjar to the east of the city of Afrin. Russia continues to monitor the situation and is ready to provide help to civilians fleeing the combat zones, the ministry said in a separate statement. Link: Read Complete Article
Turkey Launches Ground Offensive Against YPG in Syria
SPUTNIKNEWS – January 20, 2018: Turkish tanks reportedly reached the outskirts of the Syrian town of Azaz and were moving toward the Kurdish stronghold of Afrin, Bloomberg reported on Sunday, citing local media and its sources.
According to media reports, the ground phase of Turkish operation against Kurdish fighters and Daesh positions in northwest of Syria started early on Sunday after Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ignored Washington’s calls to avoid attacking Afrin.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned about the possible ground operation against Kurdish forces in Syria’s northern Afrin district. Link: Read Complete Article
Turkish police tackle pro-Kurdish protesters in Istanbul, 12 people detained
RT – January 22, 2018: Turkish police reportedly used pepper gas to disperse pro-Kurdish protesters in Istanbul, on Sunday. The protesters took to streets to demonstrate against the Turkish military actions against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. They were met by a heavy police presence and according to reports, at least 12 people were detained when scuffles broke out between protesters and police.
Turkey’s PM says Russia has no objections against operation in Syria’s Afrin – TV
TASS – January 20, 2018: Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday Russia does not object to the operation in Syria’s Afrin, NTV reported.
“We are working to eliminate Iran’s concerns, and Russia does not have objections,” the television channel quoted the prime minister as saying.
Besides, he added, “Ankara supports communication with Damascus with mediation of Moscow and Tehran.”
On Saturday, Turkey’s General Staff announced beginning of the Olive Branch operation against the Kurds’ units near Afrin, where about 1.5 million Syrian Kurds live. On the first day, the Turkish Air Force hit 108 targets in Afrin’s seven locations and then returned home. Link: Read Complete Article
Turkish Forces Have No Intention of Attacking Syrian Gov’t Troops – Minister
SPUTNIKNEWS – January 25, 2018: As the sixth day of Ankara’s Operation Olive Branch in Syria is drawing to a close, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu answered some journalists’ questions, revealing the country’s stance on official Damascus as well as the current state of the US-Turkey row over Washington’s support for the Syrian Kurds.
Preservation of the territorial integrity of Syria is the common goal of Ankara and Damascus and the Turkish troops are not going to attack government forces in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Damascus knows that the YPG militias (People’s Protection Units) want to divide Syria. Whereas Turkey and Damascus as well as the opposition forces all support the territorial integrity of Syria within its current borders. We believe that the Syrian regime will not cooperate with terrorists,” he added.
US troops must leave Syria’s Manbij – Turkey’s Foreign Minister
RT – January 27, 2018: The US must withdraw its troops from Syria’s northern Manbij region and put an end to its support for Kurdish militia in the area, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu demanded Saturday.
Cavusoglu told reporters on Saturday that the US needs to immediately withdraw from the region near the city of Manbij, adding that Washington providing guns to the YPG must also stop. The foreign minister said Turkey wants to see proactive steps from the US, not simply promises.
Turkish forces are conducting an offensive, codenamed ‘Olive Branch’, targeting Kurdish fighters linked to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in and around Afrin, Syria. Russia has expressed concern over the developments, urging all parties to respect Syria’s borders.