Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Turkey: Next phase of Euphrates Shield operation to include Iraq

(Ankara) Operation Euphrates Shield was launched last August by the Turks in tackle ISIS after they detonated a bomb at a Kurdish wedding inside Turkey. The thing is whilst the Turks said they were targeting ISIS, they actually meant the Kurds. In fact there is strong evidence that a large number of ISIS thugs shaved off their beards and joined the Turkish irregulars .

Map of the Euphrates Shield Operation, 22 February 2017 (Area in Green is Turkish Occupied Syria)

Anyway Turkey declared mission accomplished last week after taking a year to advance around 30 Kms. The fact that thy made a huge dogsdinner over it, lost a huge amount of military assets, they still claimed it was successful. (The Kurds with no armour, a much smaller logistical chain have cleared so much more land of ISIS)

Well the today Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan has stated that he is now looking at launching Operation Euphrates Shield part 2 and that it will include an offensive inside..Iraq.

“A future operation will have “not [only] a Syrian dimension, [but] also an Iraqi dimension. There are the Tal Afar and Sinjar situations [in Iraq]. We also have kin in Mosul,”
The thing is ISIS, is virtually finished inside northern Iraq. Their last redoubt in the country (Mosul) is on the verge of being wiped out. So just whom does the small minded pocket dictator see as the enemy inside ‘Iraq’?

It appears that so desperate is Erdogan on winning this months Turkish referendum, (which will make him dictator for life) that he openly panders to the nationalist vote by saying that Turks inside another country are crying out for their help.