Shaky Ceasefire in Northern Syria

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Shaky Ceasefire in Northern Syria

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Given Erdogan’s revanchist aims, a notoriously untrustworthy figure, the Putin-brokered ceasefire in northern Syria is shaky at best.

US and Israeli imperial aims make it shakier, either or both countries perhaps intending to disrupt it if working too well — not so far.

On Thursday, Syrian media reported attacks by Turkey and its terrorist proxies on government forces, killing some soldiers, wounding others near Tal Tamr, a clear ceasefire breach.

Kurdish YPG fighters reported the same thing, saying a large-scale Turkish offensive on Thursday attacked three northern Syrian villages where their troops are located, adding:

Turkish aggression “outside the area of the ceasefire” forced thousands of civilians to flee. “Our forces are still clashing” in self-defense.

Turkey is responsible for the “deterioration of the ceasefire process.” Kurdish fighters will continue exercising their right to defend against the continued aggression.

Turkish forces are likely trying to gain control over as much Syrian territory as they can seize. If larger-scale clashes occur between Turkish and Syrian forces, the ceasefire will deteriorate further.

According to Ankara’s war ministry, five Turkish soldiers were wounded in al-Hasakah province by drone, mortar, and light weapons attacks.

Southfront reported an attack by Turkish troops on northern Syrian areas held by Kurdish fighters and Syrian Arab Army forces.

Ankara denied responsibility for initiating the attacks. Its October 9 cross-border aggression initiated fighting along border areas. 

“(T)ension(s) appear to be once again growing in” northern Syria, according to Southfront.

Erdogan warned that he’ll escalate fighting if Kurdish fighters don’t evacuate areas he and Putin agreed on — to be patrolled by Turkish and Russian forces, along border areas with Turkey by its troops alone.

Separately, Russia called for remaining US troops in Syria’s north and south to leave the country, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin, saying they’re “illegally” occupying Syrian territory.

“We demand an end to their occupation,” he said. Moscow also demanded that US forces abandon illegal control of Syrian oil-producing areas.

AMN News reported that Trump regime “authorities refused to return these oil fields to the Syrian government.”

“Instead, they have kept control of them to intensify their blockade on the country.”

A Final Comment

According to an Israeli army radio propaganda report, the IDF prepared its air defenses for an Iranian cruise missile attack — clearly not planned or coming.

Do US and Israeli dark forces plan a false flag incident to be wrongfully blamed on Iran?

Attacks when launched are by US, NATO, Israeli, and Turkish forces — never preemptively by Iran or Syria against other nations.

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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.