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Erdogan: "Are there Kurds? And if I find?"

On the eve, there were reports that the Turkish army decided to extend the military operation "Olive Branch", which began in Syrian Afrin, and on the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan. Military aviation Turkey inflicted a series of missile and bomb attacks on the positions of representatives of the combat wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

When statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Turkey needed to stop the operation and withdraw its troops from the territory of the north of the Syrian province of Aleppo came from the United States, the Turkish president, known for his special eloquence, decided to take the floor.

Erdogan: "Are there Kurds? And if I find?"

According to Erdogan, who commented on Tillerson’s statement, Turkey will complete its operation only after “order is established on the southern borders of the country”. Erdogan also noted that the operation will be conducted until the complete destruction of the threat posed by "terrorists". Turkish President calls the terrorists armed groups, consisting mainly of Kurds of the PKK. In the American interpretation, these are the military detachments of the Syrian Democratic Union (SDS), from which Washington was going to form some kind of border forces. Plans for the formation of such forces on their southern borders, as stated in Turkey itself, became one of the starting points for the start of a military operation.

Erdogan’s statements did not end with this commentary from Tillerson. According to the President of Turkey, if the US is so concerned about the need for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from the north of Syria, why have they not yet withdrawn their troops from Afghanistan and Iraq? In the United States, it seems that they didn’t say anything for 100 for the first time, regretting that they didn’t manage to throw Erdogan off in the summer of 2016.

Further, the information-disinformation fight showed itself when Kurdish resources publish photos of civilians killed as a result of Turkish attacks on Afrin, and Turkish resources in response declare that all these fakes will expose in any case.
In all this stories Special attention is paid to the position of the official Damascus. The fact is that, according to all international norms, Turkey is carrying out an illegal invasion of the territory of a sovereign state - without an official invitation from the authorities of that state. In fact, they act no more legally than the United States on Syrian soil, for whose activity a positive mandate was not issued by either the UN Security Council or the official authorities of the SAR.

Leafing through the Syrian press, one can conclude that most of the newspapers try not to cover the events in Afrin very carefully, or to issue streamlined materials about the reaction to the “Olive Branch” by other countries. No, of course, there are very unambiguous notes about the illegal invasion, but in general, as in that Internet meme, “everything is not so simple” ... Thus, the Syrian state news agency SANA publishes materials that more often do not tell about Damascus reaction to the Turkish bombing, and the reaction of representatives of other countries. For example, about the reaction of the Russian embassy in Lebanon.

Of material:
Russia's Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, expressed great concern to the Russian Federation about the Turkish aggression against the Syrian city of Afrin.

And this is another material of the same news agency: "The Egyptian Parliament condemned the Turkish aggression against the Syrian city of Afrin."

However, we are getting to the official reports on the reaction of the representatives of the Syrian authorities:
"People's Council of the UAR strongly condemned the Turkish aggression in the Syrian Afrin".

In general, the Syrian press still looks a bit confused. It is understandable. On the one hand, Turkey has carried out an unauthorized invasion, and it must be condemned according to all rules and canons. But on the other hand, the invasion is carried out on those territories that are controlled by pro-American forces, tuned in by the US special services to continue confronting the SAR government forces. Moreover, the operation "Olive Branch", initiated by Erdogan, is carried out a few days before the start of the Sochi Congress to find ways of a political settlement in Syria. And official Damascus perfectly remembers that representatives of individual Kurdish military-political groups declared their refusal to participate in this congress. Accordingly, the same Damascus, sort of like, is advantageous for the Kurds to become more accommodating. What a sin to conceal - the threads of control over the situation are as confused as possible. Damascus expects that among the allies there is a man who in fact keeps all these threads under the necessary and sufficient control.

And they count on it not only in Syria. Thus, statements about Greek information resources appeared that if Erdogan was not stopped in time, he could switch to “establishing a security zone” not only on the southern, but also on the western borders. Greek political analysts make it clear that they are worried about both the belligerent attitude of the Turkish President and some unresolved territorial issues against this background. Moreover, in Greece they remembered that not so long ago, Russia and Turkey had to “redraw” the route of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline - not through Greece, but through Bulgaria. And the revision took place a few months after the Greek authorities declared their interest in the Turkish Stream as a gas pipeline to reduce Athens’s dependence on Brussels. Are there almost no Kurds in Greece? - And if you find ...

In other words, the Greeks intimidate themselves with Erdogan’s militancy, who allegedly can take advantage of political and economic friction with Athens in order to “attack Greece after the attack of Syria and Iraq”. Moreover, if some Greek experts believe that this is utter nonsense, since Erdogan "will press on NATO allies and he will stop," then others believe that the world is such that alliances exist only on paper, and that Erdogan can "take a couple of Greek islands under its dictatorial wing. " And, it turns out that even if this is the case, then this becomes an information precedent when it is not Turkey that is part of the EU, but the territory of the EU is part of Turkey ...

By and large, these days, the most severe contradictions in the composition of NATO for several decades are showing themselves. Representatives of the military bloc say in words about unity, but in fact it has reached the point that some openly “extinguish” allies of others in retaliation for trying to arrange a “maidan” on their territory.

Moreover, some members of NATO declare their fears of other members of an overgrown “friendly military-political alliance”. The only certain thing is that there is always a reinforced concrete argument in NATO for all occasions and even “death”: “Putin is to blame for everything, after all, it is he who is pushing Erdogan to tectonic shifts in NATO, in order to drive himself into Brussels on a white horse” ...
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  1. XII Legion
    XII Legion 24 January 2018 06: 44
    Touretch unbelted ...
    The Russian Caucasian army that has been pecking them for 200 years - they don’t have any ...
    1. siberalt
      siberalt 24 January 2018 06: 51
      As soon as Erdogan began to “crush” the Kurds, work immediately began on the Turkish stream on the Black Sea coast. recourse
    2. dSK
      dSK 24 January 2018 08: 04
      Hello Caesar!
      Quote: XII Legion
      hollowed them 200 years

      It's only the beginning, "consolidation and moral mobilization".
    3. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 24 January 2018 08: 42
      Are the top positions of NATO and the countries of the bloc interesting in this situation ??
      "Article 5

      The contracting parties agree that an armed attack on one or more of them in Europe or North America will be considered as an attack on them as a whole and, therefore, agree that if such an armed attack takes place, each of them , in the exercise of the right to individual or collective self-defense, recognized by Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, will assist the Contracting Party subjected to or to Contracting Parties by Xia such an attack by the immediate implementation of such individual or joint action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

      Any such armed attack and any measures taken as a result of it shall be immediately reported to the Security Council. Such measures will be discontinued when the Security Council takes the measures necessary to restore and preserve international peace and security. "(North Atlantic Treaty
      Washington, DC, April 4, 1949))
  2. Strashila
    Strashila 24 January 2018 06: 46
    "When statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Turkey needed to stop the operation and withdraw its troops from the north of the Syrian province of Aleppo came from the US, the Turkish president, known for his special eloquence, decided to take the floor." ... the Kurds announced the performance of American mentors in advance. .. with a statement addressed to Russia, only the American is also profitable, after this Turkish education they will be loved even more.
  3. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 24 January 2018 06: 56
    Turks, Kurds, Syrians, Shtatovtsy - all this bloody tyagomotin will drag on for a long time.
    1. novel66
      novel66 24 January 2018 09: 49
      and the Jews! Jews still muddied
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 24 January 2018 07: 03
    The Kurds, sponsored and pushed by the United States and at the same time making claims against Russia today, for some reason do not want to think about who provoked this situation. Who is behind the fact that the Turks began to actively clatter them. Obviously military, financial handouts and empty promises are more important than objectivity.
  5. aszzz888
    aszzz888 24 January 2018 07: 14
    By and large, today the most severe contradictions in the composition of NATO in several decades manifest themselves.

    Yes, they’d rather fall apart completely !!!
  6. Ren
    Ren 24 January 2018 07: 19
    And what's the difference for Turkey - what is Athens, what is Athens. recourse
  7. forest park 86
    forest park 86 24 January 2018 08: 05
    all this Kurdistan is like independent Ichkeria of the 90s. Assad needs to say thanks to the Turks for help
    1. Stas157
      Stas157 24 January 2018 08: 24
      Quote: 86 Forest Park
      all this Kurdistan is like independent Ichkeria of the 90s. Assad needs to say thanks to the Turks for help

      When one robber robs another, who has taken away values ​​(territories) from you before, then you have to thank for this? After all, Erdogan is not going to leave the occupied territories and give them to Assad.
      1. AlNikolaich
        AlNikolaich 24 January 2018 09: 01
        So Yes. However, there are thoughts that even without the Turks, the territorial integrity of Syria within the former borders would no longer exist. The same Kurds want the restoration of Kurdistan, from the places of their compact residence. And the places are in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Because of what, and all graters.
  8. Loess
    Loess 24 January 2018 08: 16
    And yet this is categorically correct when some of our opponents “extinguish” our other opponents, and we have good chances to take all the “goodies” to ourselves.
    1. Antianglosax
      Antianglosax 24 January 2018 09: 04
      Quote: Less
      And yet this is categorically correct when some of our opponents “extinguish” our other opponents, and we have good chances to take all the “goodies” to ourselves.

      Rather, all the “buns” will go to the Americans - our power elite is too personally dependent on the stars to express their “fe”. It is precisely such turns that we have been observing since 2014 - we fart and immediately see - and how will the “big uncles” react?
      1. Loess
        Loess 24 January 2018 09: 16
        A fart is generally not decent. And about the "goodies" - we will see.
  9. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 24 January 2018 09: 11
    First, the IS tried to create its own state at the expense of others. Now - the Kurds with US support. And what are the 5 differences of the first from the second? That those that are under the wing of the CIA, horseradish radish is not sweeter. The United States understands that it is simply a matter of future zones of influence, I won’t be surprised if the United States immediately recognizes Kurdistan at the UN and immediately accepts it into NATO, reassuring both how it froze the annexation of Northern Cyprus. In fact, the United States is now urging the Kurds to the parallel idea of ​​the same IS - an independent state, jumping over all international law and the same democracy.
    The Kurds against the Turks have territorial claims already since prehistoric times. Both sides differ in stubbornness and getting between them is generally hopeless, while the rams are better off standing. In the end, the Golan is also in a similar status, and the same Northern Cyprus, etc. If the Kurds for American cookies want to quarrel with everyone around them - this is their personal affair, even if they declare it from the territories of their original residence. In this situation, it is more important to prevent the merger of this Kurdistan with Iraqi territories, and when the Kurds spoil relations on all sides and there is no need to build a fence.
  10. nivander
    nivander 24 January 2018 09: 25
    will not pass and six months as Afrin and Manbridge will come under Assad’s control
  11. Fight
    Fight 24 January 2018 10: 24
    Quote: novel xnumx
    and the Jews! Jews still muddied

    How did they forget about them ?! Or maybe they didn’t forget, but simply didn’t mention it ... what
  12. flicker
    flicker 24 January 2018 23: 45
    Tillerson responded in a streamlined manner, saying that they were concerned about the hostilities, and that Turkey has the legal right to respond ...
    The impression is that they are waiting for the position that the Kurds will take.