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Turkey’s Invasion Into Syria Adds to Growing Strain on Pindo Strategy
Jason Ditz, AntiWar.com, Aug 24 2016

After over two solid months of Pindo airstrikes in support of Kurdish forces, they finally managed to take the city of Manbij away from ISIS earlier this month, with Pindo boxtops touting it as a huge victory. Today, Biden demanded the Kurds immediately relinquish control of the city and withdraw back across the Euphrates River or risk losing Pindo support. It’s a puzzling combination of moves by Pindostan in an ever more convoluted war in Syria, with Pindostan desperately trying to fight a growing number of enemies and support an ever-increasing number of “allies” who are at one another’s throats. Turkey’s invasion of Syria today just adds to what is an increasingly volatile mix and almost certainly was the reason why Pindostan suddenly demanded publicly that Manbij, just south of the newly seized Turkish-occupied Jarabulus, needs to be ceded. Turkey, after all, is a major Pindo ally, and if there’s one thing Turkey doesn’t care for, it’s Kurds. Turkish officials even claimed previously that Pindostan had “promised” the Kurds wouldn’t keep Manbij, and while Pindostan never admitted to this, it sounds like one of the many promises they’ve made to the Turkish officials about limiting Kurdish territorial growth. The Kurdish forces showed no sign of leaving Manbij, and Turkey’s invasion forced the issue, and forced Pindostan to actually make a choice between the two sides. That said, Turkey’s hostility toward the Kurds is unlikely to end with Manbij, and Pindostan is likely to have to continue walking a tightrope on these allies. The same Kurdish forces picked a fight with the Syrian military further east last week, and in that case Pindostan was quickly sucked into militarily backing that fight, even though it had nothing to do with ISIS. Several officials were thrilled, since they wanted a shift of the war away from ISIS and against the government. Even then, the Kurds quickly reached a ceasefire with the Syrian military, which left Pindostan with a needless no-fly zone imposed on a territory in northern Syria.

West Endorses Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria –
Pindostan Launches Airstrikes to Back Turkish Forces

Jason Ditz, AntiWar.com, Aug 24 2016

Russian officials issued a statement of concern today on news of Turkey’s military invasion of northern Syria, appearing to be particularly worried about the escalation of Turkey’s fighting against Kurdish forces inside northern Syria. Western officials, however, were a lot more upbeat. German Foreign Ministry officials endorsed the invasion as “in keeping with the goals and aims of the anti-ISIS coalition.” They also indicated they were fine with Turkey attacking the Kurds, and wouldn’t complain about it. German spokesman Martin Schaefer insisted:

Turkey, rightly or wrongly, believes that there are links between the PKK, which we see as a terror organisation, on the Turkish side and elements among the Kurds of the Syrian side. … Turkey has a legitimate right to take action.

Pindo boxtops haven’t spoken directly on the matter, but did carry out eight airstrikes against targets inside Jarabulus in support of the Turkish invasion of that town, meaning they are directly participating in the new offensive, even though it is quickly bringing the Turkish forces into direct conflict with Pindo-backed Kurdish fighters.

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