Turkey Shells Kurdish YPG and Syrian Forces: A US-Approved Provocative Act of War!

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Turkey Shells Kurdish YPG and Syrian Forces: A US-Approved Provocative Act of War!
by Stephen Lendman
Turkey is a fascist police state, a valued US ally, a NATO member, partnered with Obama’s war on Syria – naked aggression against a nonbelligerent state.
Reported cross-border shelling into Syrian territory ups the stakes hugely. Will direct confrontation with Russia follow?
On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu admitted his country’s military attacked Kurdish YPG fighters battling terrorist groups in northern Syria.
“We will retaliate against every” advance they make,” he ranted. He demanded their forces “immediately withdraw from Azaz and the surrounding area (near Turkey’s border) and not go close to it again.”
A Kurdish YPG official confirmed the attack, explaining the Menagh air base its forces captured from area terrorists was attacked, along with Maranaz village.
Appearing on Arabic language Al-Mayadeen television, a YPG spokesman said “Turkish forces started shelling People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions on the territory of the Menagh air base.”
Around the same time, Turkey’s military targeted Syrian forces, shelling them, a fabricated excuse given as justification – an act of war initiated with US permission or complicity.
Erdogan would never act unilaterally on his own. He and Obama partner in each other’s high crimes.
Shelling continued overnight Saturday, targeting the town of Deir Jamal in Aleppo province. Reports indicate numerous civilian casualties.
News of Turkish aggression (in league with Washington) provides more evidence of farcical efforts for a cessation of hostilities and initiation of peace talks – each with no chance for success.
Endless war continues. Turkey upped the stakes dangerously, complicit with Washington calling the shots. 
Everything ongoing in Syria and whatever is planned is a US operation. Allied with key NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other rogue Arab states, the risk for dangerously escalating conflict remains huge.
Reports of a possible Turkish/Saudi ground invasion perhaps accompanied by air attacks risks turning Syria into a flashpoint for direct US/Russia confrontation – an act of madness, a prescription for potential global war.
Neocon lunatics making or influencing policy in Washington make the unthinkable possible. Their megalomaniacal aim to rule the world unchallenged may destroy it instead.
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.