|Colonel John Dorrian- REMEMBER THAT NAME!|
The US-led international coalition battling to defeat the Islamic State group is not backing a drive by Turkish forces and Syrian rebels to retake a jihadist stronghold in northern Syrian, the Pentagon said Wednesday.Clearly Turkey and the US are no longer allies (save for turncoats still embedded in Turkish military?)
Their offensive on the city of Al-Bab is not being supported by coalition air strikes because it was “independently” launched by Turkey, said US Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the coalition fighting the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.
Clearly the US wants ONLY to partner with Kurdish PKK/YPG militias to “fight ISIS” all the while enabling their Kurdish proxies in PKK/YPG to annex territory-
*The US does not want to partner with Syria.
*The US does not want to partner with Russia.
*The US will not partner with Turkey to remove ISIS from Al-bab because if Turkey is successful the Kurds will not have taken the city- And the US wants the Kurds to take Al Bab!
You know that Greater Kurdistan/Israel 2.0 remake the Middle East I've been talkin' about?
The US military spokesman said the United States had withdrawn some special forces soldiers who had been deployed to support the Turkish forces and their allies.
“They are not a part of the advance in Al-Bab,” he said.
The lack of coalition support for the Al-Bab operation illustrates the strained ties as Turkey and its allies adopt disparate strategies for defeating IS in areas the jihadists still control in northern Syria.
“What we would like to do is to continue to work with them (the Turks) to develop a plan where everyone remains focused” on defeating IS, Dorrian said.Focused on what Mr Dorrian? Not defeating ISIS or the US would be partnering with Turkey. A NATO ally? (You can't still believe that?) In both Al Bab and Raqqa.
He warned against the partners “converging on a way that can be unhelpful.”Sorry, how is Turkey fighting ISIS unhelpful if fighting ISIS is the goal Mr Dorrian?
Is it clear enough yet what the real goal is?
Al-Bab, a city of 100,000 about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Turkish border, has been a key target for Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies since its campaign began.
On August 24, Turkey has launched an incursion into northern Syria to stop the US-backed Kurdish YPG forces from connecting Syrian Kurdistan’s Kobani and Hasaka in the east with Afrin canton in the west. Turkish military operations are focused on Syrian Kurdish forces and not Islamic State, observers say.
Ankara launched its unprecedented cross-border operation saying it was targeting both IS and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, which has been a key opponent of the jihadist group.
Against Turkey’s wishes, the United States and its allies want to continue to count on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), notably for its offensive against Raqqa, another IS stronghold in northern Syria.Clearly Turkey is not seen as an ally by the US led coalition- Is anyone surprised about this?
PKK/PYD captures 8 villages in Syria’s Aleppo province
after Islamic State militants withdrew from the area without putting up any resistance"
Withdrawing without resistance is the modus operandi of ISIS- A fact covered repeatedly at this blog.
This article talks about the Manbij promise- Yes the YPG/PKK are still present occupying/annexing but I’ve read some of the fighters are on the move...toward Al Bab
Despite the perception managing word play it’s very clear according to Col John Dorrian the Kurdish militias are present in Manbij
“But according to Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for a U.S.-led anti-IS coalition, speaking to reporters from Baghdad on Wednesday, said YPG elements had already begun to withdraw from the city.
"My understanding is they were departing and they were doing that today," Dorrian said after being pressed by Anadolu Agency to explain the apparent contradiction.
"But as far as whether every single one of them is gone, I would be very uncomfortable saying every single one," he added”
Yah, some are undoubtedly departing and plenty are staying put in Manbij.
“PYD forces now stand between 8 and 9 kilometers from Al-Bab with the ultimate aim of establishing control over all areas between Manbij and Syria’s northwestern city of Afrin.
The Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), meanwhile, currently stands roughly 2 kilometers to the north of Al-Bab.
Ankara continues to back the FSA within the context of Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched in August with the stated aim of purging Syria’s northern border region of terrorist groups with the use of air power, ground troops and artillery.Sharing some comments from previous posts:
Roughly 1,720 square kilometers of territory in northern Syria has been cleared of IS elements since the operation began three months ago”
Two additional links making the rounds today:
Hurriyet & ArmeniaPR: Turkey seeks to secure its skies with Russian S-400 air defense systems
Coup plotting partners in crime seeking asylum- This too has been covered here previously
Asylum Seekers: Collateral Damage from the US backed coup attempt in Turkey: Some Turkish military officers at NATO seeking asylum - alliance chief
And finally this:
If Assad is cooperating with the Kurdish militias he is ensuring the complete destruction of Syria and it's history. He would be betraying Iran. He will give NATO/Israel that which they have desired all along. Here is hoping it's just crazy talk as I've not read the latest interview. Yet.
Turkish Russian coop is strong, but Assad is against it. Remember he stopped the attack on Tal Rifat & Afrin, & is now trying to coordinate with YPG. See his last interview, where he says some insane stuff about Erdogan.
Lots of reading to catch up on: