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Is All Hell Breaking Loose In Syria’s North?

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Is All Hell Breaking Loose In Syria’s North?

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In Syria’s north, in Tel Rifaat and Manbij, a new Turkish operation seems all but inevitable against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

As of October 15th, Turkey has been transferring additional special forces and armored vehicles to the border with Syria in the area of ​​the city of Kobani, which is under the control of the Kurds.

Turkey said its proxies in Syria’s Azaz region were hit in a guided missile attack on October 17th, from Tel Rifaat by the YPG (the People’s Protection Units, the core of SDF).

Ankara has, more than once, said that if diplomacy fails, it would be time for a military operation. And justifications come a dime a dozen in Syria’s north.

Any casual observer could see that there hasn’t even been an attempt at actual diplomacy. Ankara has carried several military operations in Northern Syria targeted at the Kurdish, dubbing most of them terrorists and collaborators of the YPG, no negotiations have taken place, only artillery shells have spoken.

The operation against the Kurds was a foregone conclusion, simply waiting for the proper moment to happen.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Ankara was determined to eliminate threats originating in parts of Syria under Kurdish control and that the attack that killed two Turkish police officers was “the final straw”.

Meanwhile, the Kurds are saying that Turkey’s aggressive actions are making the entire Middle East unstable, and that if they begin their most recent operation, Ankara’s forces will be met with “heavy popular resistance”. They are “shocked” at Erdogan and Co.’s constant accusations and increasing assertiveness.e

Northern Syria is a sort of beehive, as it is filled with Iran-backed fighters, Turkish-supported insurgents, jihadists, US troops, Kurdish troops and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces operating across the patchwork of territories. Russian warplanes flying overhead add to the general sense of chaos.

Later on October 16th, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) dropped leaflets over the Turkish-occupied Syrian towns of Marea and Azaz warning Turkish-backed militants against launching any attack in the northern Aleppo countryside.

The warning is unlikely to work, as Ankara has been itching for a fight for a while now, and it wants to make a show of force against any possible SAA offensive on Greater Idlib, where it mostly protects the interests of the al-Qaeda affiliated so-called “moderate opposition.”

Meanwhile, fourteen SAA servicemen were killed and three others were injured in a terrorist attack with two explosive devices that targeted a bus in Jisr al-Rais in Damascus. In total there were three explosive devices, but sappers managed to defuse one of them.

Occasional attacks such as this one are not entirely uncommon, as Bashar al-Assad’s government has many enemies attempting to impede its progress both towards Greater Idlib, and damage it’s recent success in the southern Dara’a province.

If Turkey begins an operation in northern Syria against the Kurdish groups, it would not be entirely unexpected if the SAA also begins its operation against the militants in Greater Idlib to take advantage of Ankara’s focus being elsewhere. In just a matter of days or weeks, all hell may break loose in Syria’s north.

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That was stupid


When is Southfront going to do something about the BS wage spam on this board?

Peter Wallace

Can’t or won’t and the more it is ignored the worse it gets .

Idlib's coming home

not only in northern syria… that’s all i’m going to say…

Peter Wallace

If Turkish factions attack the SDF and the Yanks do nothing then that should be a waring to the SDF that they will be left out to dry just like happened in Afghanistan. Like the other times the Yanks have left or were going to leave the SDF to defend for themselves they went running too Assad for his protection but run back to the Yanks as soon as it appears they are staying. Let them attack the SDF and the SAA can hit Idlib like it has deserved for a long time. Turkey talks of diplomacy yet they have allowed HTS carte blanche to do as they please.

Putin is a ZioWhore

It’s all theatre. The Turds and Yanks and Russians and Israel’s coordinate their so-called rivalry. The only losers here are the dumb monkey sell-out Kurds and Syrians who are occupied by the ZioYank rats and Turds.

Peter Wallace

It appears so.


Sadly, you are right. Since Hmongs and Vietnamese times

Icarus Tanović

We can’t wait for turkay to do this. Wait and behold.

Chris Gr

Your ally Turkey?

Icarus Tanović

For Thanksgiving, always. Stuffed and crisp.


The turks should go after the kurdish militant proxies hard. Their reward? Nothing, they will be driven out of Northern Syria themselves.


only place to get real news seems to be here.


It’s a manipulative news. I am Kurd and you CANNOT say that “operation against kurds”. They (YPG, SDF, PKK whatever you call) are American funded terrorists who attacks Turkish soldiers and kurdish civilians in Turkey, Syria


you are kurd like MERDolfgan then


Are you a kurdwhocan or a kurdwhocant. Jump in your vbied an get rolling. Good luck… remember to turn left at the falafel stand otherwise you will take out your own neighborhood.


1) Turkey only has its own interests in Northern Syria; HTS are puppets, like the Hamidiye in late Ottoman times. SF got that entirely wrong (for propagandistic purposes, no doubt) 2) The (not so much) Russian and (more so) Iranian backed SAA will not attempt an offensive, since they haven’t got the means to successfully conduct such an operation.

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