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Turkish Defense Minister: Only Turkish Forces Should Be In Northeastern Syria Safe-Zone

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Turkish Defense Minister: Only Turkish Forces Should Be In Northeastern Syria Safe-Zone

Villagers watch as Turkish army tanks and soldiers gather near the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey’s Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, said on February 15 that only Turkish forces should be deployed within the planned safe zone in northeastern Syria.

“The safe zone isn’t for Turkey alone, but also for the safe return of Syrian refugees who have had to leave their homes back to their country. Only Turkey should be present in the safe zone,” Akra said at the Munich Security Conference, according to the Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish minister also claimed that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which control northeastern Syria, are the same as the terrorist-designated Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Akar warned that the upcoming withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria could give a room to these groups and stressed that his country will not allow this to happen.

“Clearing the YPG terror organization from Syria is of utmost importance for the security of our borders and people … The vacuum that will emerge after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria should not provide a safe haven for terrorists,” The minister said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in northeastern Syria with his Russia and Iranian counterparts in the Russian city of Sochi a day earlier. During the meeting, the Turkish President hoped that Moscow and Tehran will support his country’s effort to establish a safe-zone in the region.

“Turkey will in no way allow the formation of a terrorist corridor on its southern borders. In this regard, we expect support from our Astana partners,” Erdogan said.

Turkey is yet to reach a final agreement with the U.S. on the proposed safe-zone in northeastern Syria. Russia and Iran, which are both calling for the deployment of the Syrian army in the region, also appear to be not excited about the Turkish plan.

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  • You can call me Al

    He does spout on; but what we have seen so far of his heroics is “Casualties. Various casualty estimates were made during the operation. The pro-Syrian opposition activist organization the SOHR documented 1,584 SDF and 594 TFSA fighters were killed, as well as 91 pro-Syrian government militiamen, 85 Turkish soldiers and 384 civilians”.

    Maybe the Turks should not have jailed half the military including their experienced troops / commanders.

    • Barba_Papa

      That still meant the Turks killed some 18 Kurds for every soldier they lost. TFSA doesn’t count, as nobody cares about dead Orcs. Not a bad exchange rate, similar to the last Israeli incursion into Gaza. Even if you include dead Orcs on the Turkish side they still killed 2,3 more Kurds for every loss of their own. Still not bad for an attacker. The last time an army got purged that heavily and then went into war, the Red Army against Finland, it lost many times more then it inflicted.

      Maybe the results of the Turkish army purges weren’t as bad as we were let to believe?

      • You can call me Al

        Maybe, we shall see.

        Have a good weekend.

  • PZIVJ

    WTH Turkish forces should only be in Turkey! duh :)

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      If you can’t run your country you can’t protect your border.. somebody will come and do it for you duh. :-)

      • Empire’s Frontiers

        Jesus christ….

        • Zionism = EVIL

          the queer?

          • Empire’s Frontiers

            No the expression of disbelief at such a retarded post reframing the whole war as though it never happened and Turkey wasn’t supplying ISIS marauders.

            What an asshole, that mustafa

          • Zionism = EVIL

            I know, I was kidding as you know I have a particular disdain for these Abrahamic desert cults. I know the Turkeys are the prime sponsors of the Wahhabi terrorists and facilitated over 300,000 of these savages into Syria. But the Turkeys military is third rate and look at their WW2 vintage M-48/60 Pattons without any ERA being offloaded in Syria, they can even be taken out by RPG’s, let alone the deadly Kornets. It is time to cook the Turkeys, like the YPG did at al-Bab. These sardine cans would go up in flames even if hit by 106mm Recoilless Rifles. If the Turkeys lost a dozen tanks they would abandon the rest and run like hell, which have done repeatedly. The untrained Anatolian peasant cannon fodder conscripts have no stomach for a fight. The dead bodies coming to the villages have already caused a headache for the Wahhabi pimp Erdogan.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        now you talking bullshits.

        • Mustafa Mehmet

          Think. Yankee control Iraq Russian control Syria. rest is just following orders. unfortunately both countries fuck up

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            I am thinking. the one who use selective memory and is not thinking, is not I. As for who controls what it is still a very dynamic game going on. Nothing is at is seems on the surface or cleared out yet.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The Turkeys will only leave Syria if they are cooked.

  • Dušan Mirić

    everybody but the Turks

  • Rodney Loder

    The refugees won’t return to SAA controlled territory, Assad won the war, he could have disappeared like Viktor Yanukovych or Muammar Gadaffi but he won, Allah decided, but that’s only one war, wars will go on forever now, this is international barbarism come again via the Holy Ghost being under the control of satan.

    Brother Erdogan is the Ruler of Islam, Allah Akbar.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      still long way to go for assad to win the war .second round starting soon

      • Rodney Loder

        Trump wants to fight in Venezuela the popular support for that is dependent on quiet on all other fronts, Trump is a simpleton but the public are not, Trump is mind controlled but there in too many US recipients of benefits to mind control, a billionaire can’t lose a penny millionaire can, watch the trade deal he strikes with China he won’t get anything to boast about, if he does I’m wrong.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Hopefully, the second round will be a Turkey roast!

        • Mustafa Mehmet

          We waiting ..gosh how exciting we will go all the way to a Damascus😎

  • potcracker777

    turkish stinking scum of the earth….. kurdish SOB´s traitors………………

    time is running out….. as the iranian side correctly stated at the last summit ” Turkey MUST leave syria” and “it is out of the question, there CAN be no turkish safe Zone in the syrian arab republic”

    the iranians, SAA are now on the edge…. they are both fed up … with both the turkish scum and the kurdish traitors……..

    and on the other side u have the jewish evil satanic universally recognized assholes…which… still to this day bomb SAA each and every day…. as russia Looks like a small school Boy on the sidelines yelling “we are not happy with These constant bombardments.. Pleaseeeeee stop”…pathetic
    the same russia that for months Keep telling us all “everything in idlib is going well, no Need for SAA attack”

    The only parties to full trust in this perverse Drama are Hezbollah,SAA,PMU in iraq and iranian Forces…..and it seems that the iranians with their Partners as mentioned this week by Iran with their message to Iraqi PMU ” dont attack the u.s. infidels now, wait for our command, it has to be an attack through out mesopotamia and the levant”. and that is correct.A coordinated attack in iraq, and syria by all Forces including Iran ,SAA,PMU and hezbollah.
    Folks have suffered enough now in this Region.and it has to stop!!!

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Potsucker why don’t you just go and jump front of the lorry

      • John Whitehot

        just another jew.

        “Everybody not jew is stupid”

        “Everybody opposing Israel has been or will be fucked up by god (this mostly goes among the lines, but it’s there”.

        “Everybody not understanding that the only right way to things is Israel’s one is stupid again, or childish”.

        If I wanted to appear as a zionist troll in forums, by this time I’d score higher than most of them.

        • You can call me Al

          Where did that come from ?.

          • John Whitehot

            from me.

            unless specifically stated i don’t quote others.

            if i inadvertently repeated someone else words it wasn’t intended.

          • PZIVJ

            “unless specifically stated i don’t quote others.”
            Oh cr&p, sorry about that. but I understand what you say about crackpot

          • John Whitehot

            this conversation is becoming somewhat obscure.

            i wonder if there is difficulty in parsing parts of it somewhere.

        • Mustafa Mehmet

          Donald Duck I’m not jew supporter fuck them.

          • John Whitehot

            darn, i was saying the other usr

  • Joe

    Want to occupy Syria for free.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      what ever he wanted already is given to him or am I wrong?

      • John Whitehot

        he wanted to topple Assad too, but that was not given at all.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          that was before his partnership with the russians.

      • You can call me Al

        You are wrong.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          I maybe in the future but right now I am not.

          • You can call me Al

            Wow, slam dunk…….words fail me.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            maybe you should explain me where I am wrong and stop playing with words that fails you then?

          • You can call me Al

            PS I like that a lot.Nice one.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Russian collusion has created this mess. SAA, Iran and Hezbollah have long advocated a campaign to liberate Idlib and all of Syria, Putin is in Zionist pockets and wants a 3 Zone partition of Syria. Russia is weak and scared of Turkey and that is an established fact. If you watch the mad Wahhabi dog Edogan’s body language at Sochi, it will show that he hold Putin in sheer inferior contempt. Russia showed its shameless subservience when the Turkey’s shot down the flying dishwasher SU-24 in Syrian airspace killing Russians.

      • ruca

        I call bullshit

        • Zionism = EVIL

          Just to humor you, come up with another rational explanation.

  • Johan

    Give the Kurds anti aircraft weaponsand they stop theTurks, sombody must have a stockpile off these. Kerdogan even can not govern his own country without bullying, suppression and bringing everybody to poverty and now he want to enforce his tiranny in a naboring country.

  • Johan

    Fuck you Kerdogan if you want a safe zone build it in Turkey, you invader.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Turkish site save no prop. we have to make sure Syrian sides no treat for us. Johan you get out from Palestine first then you can talk. fuck you to

      • Johan

        Your argument is non: – I ame no jew, – the worst treat to Turkey is not Syria but that illiterate iman Erdogan he left a countr in dismay, a third world country and a Turkey without friends , – I have nothing todo whit Palestina I ame a rational European whit a lot off pity for +50% off the intelligent Turks and all off the surrounding people.