Erdogan promises more war in Syria
Operations Euphrates Shield hasn’t actually ended, it’s simply about to change names.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring
Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq.
Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.
Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield which saw Turkish forces and their jihadist proxies FSA occupy parts of Northern Syria was officially declared a success in a ‘mission accomplished’ style statement from Turkey’s National Security Council.
The ‘end’ of Euphrates Shield came 24 hours prior to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Ankara where a meeting with his Turkish counterpart was filled with diplomatic language but manifest disagreements, particularly over America’s pro-Kurdish strategy. It is of note that even as Turkey claimed its operations were over, no time-table for withdrawal was offered. Turkish forces may yet dig into Syria further. After all, they haven’t left.
If it seemed puzzling why Turkey would apparently quit Syria after investing time, effort, troops and money into occupying the country, the mystery has been officially solved.
Erdogan intends to continue Turkey’s illegal operations in Syria but under a different name and possibly in a different region of Syria and most ridiculously, against unnamed terrorist targets.
Turkey has all ready fought almost every faction in the conflict including the Syrian forces, Kurdish forces, ISIS forces and other scattered ISIS style forces. The only faction Turkey hasn’t fought are their own FSA proxy-forces, who themselves are ISIS style Salifists.