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Turkish warplanes strike northeast, 'huge panic: Kurdish-led SDF

 

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkish warplanes struck its region in the northeast, sparking “huge panic among people” on Wednesday.

 

“Turkish warplanes have started to carry out air strikes on civilian areas,” SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Twitter.

 

Syrian state media and a Kurdish official separately said bombing hit the town of Ras al-Ain in the northeast along the Turkish border.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-10-09
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Here we go again, the Middle East is once again at war, how long before others join in.

Turkey is aiming to eradicate the Kurds and it looks as though they will be able to do it without NATO lifting a finger to stop them.

Don’t forget that the battles are in Syria and Assad’s main supporter is Russia, are they going to sit back quietly ?, I very much doubt it.

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Well, latest is that a prison, holding ISIS fighters has been hit with an airstrike. I am sure some have survived. Thanks Trump!

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28 minutes ago, Scott said:

I am not sure what land that is rich in oil that you think the Turks want.   If it is land that belongs to Turkey, they can drill for oil -- they do not need the permission of the Kurds.

 

The Kurds are not generally Christian.   About 75% are Muslim, with most being Sunni, with a slight bend away from the Turkish or Arab versions of Islam.   There is a significant Christian population as well as a host of other religions.  

 

In general, they are moderate in their religion and are bound more by their ethnic identity than by religion.  

 

he is referring to northern iraq oil fields, that i think is under kurdish autonomous control these days. kurds idea is that that area and some surroundings should eventually become a kurdish state.

i think they should have taken one step at a time and secure the state of northern iraq before mentioning parts of turkey and syria

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6 minutes ago, brokenbone said:

he is referring to northern iraq oil fields, that i think is under kurdish autonomous control these days. kurds idea is that that area and some surroundings should eventually become a kurdish state.

i think they should have taken one step at a time and secure the state of northern iraq before mentioning parts of turkey and syria

I lived and worked in the Kurdish held area for 3 years and have many friends from there.   I am still in contact with quite a few (many were resettled in the US).   They have a strong and thriving oil business.  
 

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9 minutes ago, Samui Bodoh said:

This is a betrayal that will live in infamy; who the hell in the Middle East (or elsewhere) will trust the Americans again?

 

I can't shake the feeling that Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is directly related to the property/hotel that he owns in Turkey, and I hope that he rots in hell for what he has done.

 

Every American on the planet should be bowing their heads in shame at this.

 

 

And here's what Trump had to say:

President Trump on Wednesday criticized the Kurds, saying they didn't help the United States during World War II and that they were only fighting for their land in Syria during the battle against ISIS.

"The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room.

 

"And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn't help us in the second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy as an example.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-defends-syria-move-the-kurds-didn-t-help-us-in-normandy/ar-AAIxxbl?ocid=ob-fb-enus-280&fbclid=IwAR1xPSI_jWAZQjIKFQkJcuH1YVPYqXwAHrV1oK9NEonq56Mz7G5SqFe6HiA

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24 minutes ago, jcsmith said:

Trump is a danger to the world. He's an embarrassment to America. The people who continue to defend him in the wake of this should be ashamed of themselves.


No surprise this benefits Russia.

To follow your logic, the US should have permanent military presence on the ground in every place on earth where there is potential conflict. You know that's neither practical nor appropriate. Conflicts need to be resolved, not preserved in aspic. Turks and Kurds need to sort this out for themselves.

 

The only solution - assuming nobody want's all-out war, and assuming Kurds in Turkey will never renounce their Kurdishness and become Turk (which would be the easiest thing, but of course humans would rather watch their wives and children die than give up their culture) - the only solution is to let Turkey clear their 'corridor' which will at least make them feel more secure and hopefully they will stop at that - I don't think they are seeking territorial expansion in Syria, which would only bring them close to the core Kurdish territory in any case, and that is what they are trying to distance themselves from. The corridor will involve some population displacement, but that is what happens when populations spread in desert regions, and let's be frank, one bit of desert is pretty much the same as another.

 

Looking at the map of Kurdish populations in the region they seem to be an expansive people. Population pressures in desert areas are bound to lead to conflict in any case. The Kurds should ask themselves whether they should stick to their core territory for one thing, because all those peripheral and spreading dots on the map may well be the main cause of tension.

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58 minutes ago, Tug said:

This betrayal will long haunt us here in America mr scott thankyou for your insightful posts and most of all your service 

Sadly a repeat of recent history i.e. US betrayal of the Iraqi Kurds and Shiites by Bush Snr which led to the deaths of thousands.

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