Turkey Aggressively Seizing More Syrian Territory

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Turkey Aggressively Seizing More Syrian Territory
by Stephen Lendman
Rogue president Erdogan wants northern Syria annexed, expanding Turkey’s border south by seizing its territory on the phony pretext of combating ISIS, his ally.
On Monday, he said Turkish forces control 900 square km. “We may extend this area to 5,000 square km,” he added, on the phony pretext of establishing a “safe zone” for Syrian civilians he’s complicit with ISIS and other terrorist groups in murdering in cold blood, supplying them with weapons, munitions and other material support.
His forces control Jarablus and al-Rai, advancing toward al-Bab in Aleppo province with likely greater territorial aims in mind. At the same time, he’s waging war on Kurdish YPG fighters, Washington abandoned to support Turkey after earlier backing them.
Turkish chief of general staff general Hulusi Akar lied, claiming government forces “have no eye on any other countries’ territory.”
Ankara’s operation constitutes naked aggression, flagrantly violating international law, with full US support and encouragement, making conflict resolution less attainable, precisely what US strategy is all about – endless wars and instability, peace ruled out entirely.
A Final Comment
On Monday, Syria’s military declared an end to Russia/US brokered ceasefire, saying terrorist fighters violated it over 300 times in seven days – killing civilians and military personnel in cold blood.
They took full advantage of Syrian forces standing down by mobilizing for continued conflict. Operating as US foot soldiers, they want war, not peace.
Government forces observed Geneva terms scrupulously to no avail. They’ll now resume combating terrorism responsibly “to restore security and stability to the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Syrian media reported.
How Russia and Washington respond remains to be seen. Clearly, prospects for cessation of hostilities and conflict resolution are nil.
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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.