August 25, 2016

US-Turkey Launch Operation "ISIS Shield" To Cleanse Syria of Moderate Arabs And Kurds Under The Cover of Fighting ISIS

Sadly, the Kurds of Syria have become the pets and toys of the gangsters in Washington. If Uncle Sam tells them lay down, they lay down, if he tells them fetch, they fetch.

An excerpt from, "YPG’s short term gain for long term loss" By Paul Antonopoulos, Al Masdar News, August 25, 2016:
Although a potent and effective fighting force that has had many impressive victories against ISIS, the YPG have been completely inept on the political spectrum and understanding geopolitics. Foolishly they assumed they could march their away across northern Syria without any repercussions because of their alliance with imperialist Washington who are are operating illegally in Syria. They were soon stabbed in the back with Washington favoring to appease Ankara who have been warming their relations with NATO-rival Russia.

The refusal of Biden to allow the YPG to connect its Afrin canton to its areas of control east and just west of the Euphrates demonstrates a Washington backstabbing the YPG and no longer pursuing a policy of a united “Kurdistan” in Syria.
Turkey’s intervention in Syria makes no difference to the Syrian government as the land being taken by the Turkish Islamist proxies is just transferring it from one enemy’s hand, to another. But it has blocked any attempt for the YPG to create a “Rojava”. The Syrian government may have been willing to support the YPG against this double pronged aggression it now faces as it has done in the past where it provided arms and air support to the YPG, but it is unimaginable this could transpire when one considers the aggression the Asayish and YPG committed in Hasakah against the NDF unprovoked.
An excerpt from, "Syrian Kurdish YPG says it returned to base after Manbij's capture" Reuters, August 25, 2016:
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Thursday its forces taking part in an operation to capture the city of Manbij from Islamic State had returned to their bases after the mission was successfully completed.

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State separately said the "main element" of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)alliance, which includes the YPG, had moved east across the Euphrates river, which they had crossed in order to capture Manbij.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that Syrian Kurdish forces must return to the east of the Euphrates into territory they hold after seizing Manbij. Turkey has demanded that Kurdish forces withdraw. It said on Thursday Kurdish fighters must retreat east of the river within a week.

In a statement, the YPG said military command and all YPG-held positions had been handed to the allied Manbij Military Council, while civilian control was handed to a civilian council on Aug. 15.