Kurds in Syria mobilize to deal with Turkish invasion

The Kurdish-led civilian administration in northeastern Syria issued a “general mobilization” call along the Syrian border with Turkey on Wednesday as Ankara poised for an imminent invasion of the area in the latest major escalation in the war-ravaged country.

Turkey has long threatened an attack on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

Expectations for that assault rose after President Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly announced that American troops would step aside ahead of the Turkish push — a shift in U.S. policy that essentially abandoned the Syrian Kurds, longtime U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

But Trump also threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if the Turkish push into Syria went too far.

Turkey has been massing troops for days along its border with Syria and vowed it would go ahead with the military operation and not bow to the U.S. threat over its plans against the Kurds.

A senior Turkish official said Wednesday that Turkey’s troops would “shortly” cross into Syria, together with allied Syrian rebel forces to battle the Kurdish fighters and also the Islamic State group.
I doubt they will do anything to ISIS.  They gave support to the Islamic religious bigots by buying stolen oil from the caliphate before the Kurds with US help displaced the group.  Erdogan has always been paranoid about the Kurds.  There is no evidence that the Syrian Kurds are a threat to Turkey that would justify this aggression.  Erdogan probably fears that a successful autonomous Kurdish group in Syria might inspire the Kurds within Turkey to seek the same thing.


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