Turkey Amasses Troops Near Kurdish-Held Town in Northern Syria, Preparing for Invasion

The Turkish state is amassing troops along the Syrian border as it prepares to invade and potentially commit ethnic cleansing and destroy Rojava’s extraordinary but fragile democracy, the only democratically-run part of Syria based on secular, feminist, and ecological principles. Its values oppose both fundamentalism and dictatorship, and are a threat to Turkey’s authoritarian president Erdoğan.

A year ago, Turkey crossed the border into Syria to invade and occupy Afrin, driving out hundreds of thousands of Kurdish citizens, killing, looting and confiscating property, taking hostages, and repopulating the area in what amounts to ethnic cleansing.

Now Turkey is again preparing to invade, many fear the consequences will be worse than the invasion of Afrin.

During a December 12 speech at a meeting with the military industry, Turkish Dictator Erdoğan declared “While we issued our warnings concerning the east of the Euphrates, we were also engaged in preparations. We will start the operation to clear the east of the Euphrates from separatist terrorists in a few days.”

What Erdoğan refers to as the east of the Euphrates is a Kurdish region in Syria, Rojava. The Turkish state has attacked Kurds within its own borders and beyond, whenever the opportunity arises.

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The UN, the world community and relevant humanitarian organizations have remained largely silent in the face of these attacks and abuses, allowing the dictator Erdoğan and his fascist forces to operate with impunity.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 50 vehicles had crossed into Syria carrying troops and equipment.  

French President Emmanuel Macron said he “deeply regrets” the plan to pull US troops out of Syria and warned that the decision could have potentially dangerous consequences. Macron did not say what France’s military will do. Kurdish officials met with a French presidential adviser Friday, and one asked France to play a larger role in Syria following the American withdrawal.

 

 

Images from the top: “Black & Red Falcon” by Javier Rodríguez is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 and “Turkey topo” by Captain Blood is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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