Turkey Announces Indefinite Occupation of Northern Syria
by Stephen Lendman
Indefinite means permanent unless redefined. After invading northern Syria on Wednesday, backed by US warplanes and hundreds of terrorist fighters, along with CIA and special forces operatives on the ground, Ankara expanded its aggression with more troops and heavy weapons – perhaps still more to come.
On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim lied, saying “(w)e are protecting our country’s territorial integrity and Syria’s unity.”
“Our army will continue the operation until terrorists are completely driven out of this region.” Turkish troops “are providing logistics support to the Free Syrian Army forces” – terrorists responsible for massacring Syrian civilians and other atrocities.
Creating what Ankara calls a “safe zone” for refugees is code language attempted annexation of Syrian territory – a flagrantly illegal act, supported and encouraged by Washington, Russia so far doing nothing to intervene responsibly.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric called the combined Turkish/US action “an incursion,” instead of blasting it as naked aggression in flagrant violation of UN Charter principles.
He merely added what happened wasn’t coordinated with the UN. “(W)e are not involved in the coordination of military activities by one party or another,” he said.
The UN is notoriously pro-Western, including backing its US-led wars of aggression, raging in Syria and other theaters.
On Friday, Tass reported a scheduled meeting between Russia’s Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar was postponed – without further elaboration.
Moscow is clearly concerned about the latest developments – so far without taking countermeasures.
Inaction is acquiescence, Washington to take full advantage, likely using its joint aggression with Turkey to expand conflict further – like always, blaming victims for its high crimes.
Things in Syria look heading toward greater war than already – US and Russian diplomats fiddling while an entire country burns.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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