Monday, July 06, 2015
Turkey "Planning To Invade Syria"
Via The Telegraph: National Security Council meets to discuss plan to send in troops to set up buffer zone and prevent formation of Kurdish state. Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers. The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the intervention, if it goes ahead, will be to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state on Turkey’s doorstep. The Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, has established dominance in a border strip across the north of the country in recent months. “We will never allow the establishment of a state in Syria’s north and our south”, Mr Erdogan said at the weekend. “We will continue our fight in this regard no matter what it costs”.