Turkish President: Afrin Operation Is Already Underway, Manbij Next

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On January 20, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a public speech in the central Anatolian province that the Turkish military operation against Kurdish militias in Afrin area has “actively begun in the field”. He added that the city of Manbij will be the next destination for the Turkish Army, according to the Turkish Hürriyet Daily newspaper.

The Turkish president also accused the US of not fulfilling promises it had made to Turkey regrading Manbij  and vowed to fight the Kurdish militants in the entire northern part of Syria up to the Iraqi border.

“The promises made to us over Manbij were not kept. So nobody can object if we do what is necessary … Later we will, step by step, clear our country up to the Iraqi border from this terror filth that is trying to besiege our country,” Erdogan said during his speech according to Hürriyet.

Erdogan also hinted that the US is changing the names of Kurdish forces in Syria in order to trick others and stressed that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are all considered terrorist groups by Turkey.

“The PKK, YPG, PYD are all the same; changing names does not change the fact that they are terror organizations … They are playing games in Syria in their own way, by changing the terror organization’s name … Who are you kidding? This same organization’s name is PKK, PYD, YPG,” said Erdogan according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.

Meanwhile, Syrian opposition sources reported that the Turkish Army artillery continued shelling positions of the YPG on the Syrian-Turkish border around Afrin in northern Aleppo. In response, the YPG shelled the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Twice village east of Afrin with mortars, killing two FSA fighters, according to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

The Turkish Army also deployed more vehicles and tanks around Afrin area, which indicate that the Turkish side has not finished yet its preparations for the long-awaited military operation.

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  • World_Eye

    So Turkish vs Kurdish war started

  • mhtsaropinigitakis

    cant kurds hit the turks at the border while they are waiting their reinforcements?

    • John Brown

      That would be great for Turkey, but I don’t think the corrupt Kurdish leadership is stupid enough to do it.

      • mhtsaropinigitakis

        depends on the damage output and if they keep harassing the trurkish forces before they build up

        • John Brown

          It would prove the Kurds are an invasion force which they are and rally all the Turkish people behind Erdogan. Turkey would probably then seize all USSA military equipment and stuff at NATO bases in Turkey

          • Ryan Glantz

            Fat chance. There’s nukes at Incirlik and the last thing Turkey will get away with is a broken arrow scenario.

          • John Brown

            I guess you can’t read a map and you are geographically illiterate. Turkey can take all the American / NATO bases in Turkey within a couple of hours or less if Turkey wants to, because they are in Turkey, surrounded the Turkish armed forces, which are the second largest armed forces in NATO and the bases are many thousands of km away from the USSA..The USSA lost in Iraq, Afghanistan etc where the locals could hardly fight back, so imagine the USSA fighting a country like Turkey that can strike USSA assets all over the middle east and Europe. With the USSA being bankrupt such a war would collapse the entire USSA economy very quickly.
            The empire has lost Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Turkey and Pakistan only the last 2 years.

          • Ryan Glantz

            Man, you don’t know about what the US aerospace industries have been up to?
            50 years ahead of everything you know.

          • John Brown

            Wow you are dumb. The bases are in Turkey surrounded by Turkish tanks which are right beside the and the Turks the can shoot planes on the ground in their hangars before they can even take off. Yes USSA planes are so good now like the F35 lemon!!!!
            Half the Pentagram budget is stolen right off the top before $1 is spent on the military. USSA jets were the best 20 years ago. If their jets are so good today why do they lose every war???

  • John Brown

    Great news,Turkey siding with Russia, Iran, Syria, Iraq and China, the Yinon plan won’t be happening today.

  • Ryan Glantz
    • Larissa Vanderbilt

      The Kurds, unfortunately, are beset with brain-dead leadership. By accepting help from Israel and looking to the US for support and protection, they have poked their fingers in a very sensitive Arab eye. Russia and Iran see that the Kurds in NE Syria have aligned with and become tools of American foreign policy, so they have agreed to allow Turkey to push into Syria, no doubt under agreements that after the war is over, the SAA will take full control of the entire border. Btw . . there is a conspiracy buddy. Open your eyes and brain, research it thoroughly and it will start to become very clear . .

      • Ryan Glantz

        The P2 Illuminati Freemason lodge out of Italy wants to carve up Turkey for a free independent Kurdistan. This is public knowledge.
        Turks control entire water supply of fertile crescent and literally have a civil war with the Kurds in their own country. Turks just want to expand their Ottoman Empire.

  • Eisenherz

    Turkey is kind of a buffer zone between syria and the us.
    Syria never could do the things what turkeys is doing now without going on a total war with the us. Syrian government has to deal with the kurdish punks sooner or later. The syrian government made a last offer for those kurdish punks to seek peace but those arrogant punks insultes the syrian government and their people one more time.
    Let the kurd punks all rot in hell.

    In the kurdish issue turkey is the best buffer zone and altetnative.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    kobani third ..

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    This is very good news. If the SAA atatcks YPG/YPJ later then the world will say Assad is attacking ‘his’ people again.
    Let Turkey do most of the dirty work, then the SAA can move in 10 months from now and the YPG/YPJ terrorist will offer little resistance.

    • The Latin Mass

      exactly, let Assad deal with the Western backed rebel terrorists and ISIS. And have Erdogan save the rest of Syria in dealing with the zionist Kurds.

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    • SnowCatzor

      No that’s not how it works. If Turkey’s jihadi pets take over Afrin area, then you can kiss it goodbye. The Turks will setup a new military base there and entrench themselves, thus Syria would have to go to war with Turkey to reclaim it’s own territory.

      The Afrin Kurds are actually on good terms with the Syrian government (hence why some Russian troops were stationed there until now), and it would be possible to reintegrate the area into Syria after the war if the Kurds stay in control.

      Unfortunately Jewish conspiracy-types like yourself only see the Kurds as a single, US/Israeli backed entity – therefore in your mind anything backed by ‘Jews = bad’.

      • The Latin Mass

        As opposed to having the Kurds possessing it and turning it into a jewnited states backed zio-Kurdistan? Better the land be in Turkish hands than in Kurdish if there are terrorists from Washington involved. If the Kurd’s masters in Washington and Hell Aviv weren’t so hell bent on creating a Kurdistan, Erdogan would not have done anything. So Assad must yield to Erdogan for now and have the fate of the Kurds be decided by Assad, Putin and Erdogan in a future Sochi Peace Congress. If Erdogan fails in taking Afrin, the Kurds and their allies the zio-west will be emboldened and we could have a nightmare scenario of a zionist “state” of Kurdistan. An ally of Washington and Hell Aviv. An ally of genociding Palestinians. This action was brought about by Washington, not Ankara. Ankara is doing what any free nation would do with a terrorist army on their borders with zionists arming and building a security fence.

    • Eisenherz

      Like somone said before its much easier to kick out erdo than the us.

    • John Brown

      Yes exactly!

  • Dušan Mirić

    Aggressors! Invaders! Murderers!

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Go Turkey kill the traitors,land grabbers,war time opportunist and USA prostitutes.

  • John Mason

    Recently announced plans by the US to create a 30,000-strong “border defense force” comprised of US armed and funded Kurdish militants may be intentionally designed to grant Turkey a pretext to begin widening its occupation zones to provide cover for the remnants of militants likely to be evicted from much of southern Idlib.
    It should be noted that Afrin is located between territories Turkey is currently occupying. Turkish troops, should they seize Afrin, would effectively have expanded Turkey’s “Euphrates Shield” by 30 miles (53 km) and present an opportunity to for its troops to link up with troops of Turkey’s “Idlib Shield.” This would create a large, singular buffer zone within which US-NATO forces could harbor militants driven back by Syria’s most recent offensive.