Turkey Announces Military In Syria To Overthrow Assad

The US may be drawn into war as NATO ally Turkey announces military forces are on the ground in Syria to fight Russia and overthrow the Assad

Turkey has has moved military forces into Syria under the guise the military operations were part of a campaign to fight ISIS forces and then rebel Kurdish forces in the area.

Syria’s President President Bashar Assad welcomed what was originally thought to be support in fighting the Islamic militant rebellion as Turkey originally made the case the were sending in their army to put an end to the violence that spreading across the border.

Today Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the military movements were a Trojan horse and revealed that the true reason for the movement the entire time was to overthrow the Syria government.

This announcement, being considered by some as a declaration of war, does not come without consequences as Russia currently has armed forces in Syria to help the government of Syria put an end to the Islamic terrorists rebellion.

There are now debates on if and when Turkey’s NATO allies, including the United States and several European nations,  will be forced into the conflict.

It certainly appears there will be imminent clashes between Turkey’s military forces with the military forces of Syria or Russia and the NATO alliance may force Turkey’s allies to become involved in the conflict.

Al-Monitor reports:

Erdogan’s shifting rationale on Syria

At first it was to clear Turkey’s border of the Islamic State (IS). Then it was to roll back the Syrian Kurdish militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Today brought a brand new explanation for why Turkish troops entered northern Syria in August to team up with opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels: “Why did we enter? We do not covet Syrian soil,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul at the Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium. “We entered there to end the rule of tyrant [Bashar] al-Assad. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason.”

Coming as Syrian regime forces appeared poised to regain control of rebel-held neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo, Erdogan’s comments suggest that Turkey will not be pulling the plug on its Syrian rebel proxies anytime soon. In fact, if his words are to be taken at face value, they signal an even deeper Turkish military engagement in Syria, pitting Turkish forces simultaneously against IS, the YPG and the regime.

Zero Hedge reports:

Declaration Of War? Erdogan Says Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad’s Rule

Having stated in the past that the only reason Turkish forces are on Syrian soil is to combat Islamic State terrorists, today Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a dramatic diplomatic reversal and said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.

“We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the Turkish president was quoted by Huyrriyet as saying at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is seeking to restore “justice.”

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice,” he said, taking a page out of the US playbook, which however in recent weeks has been muted following substantial advances by Syrian and Russian forces which as reported last night, have made material gains in the fight against Syrian rebels in east Aleppo.

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Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus.

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In light of today’s latest statement, which according to some is tantamount to a declaration of war by Turkey against a sovereign state, it is unclear what the Syrian response will be to the NATO member. It is also unclear how Russia – which is alligned with the Assad regime – will respond in light of recent overtures by both Erdogan and Putin to bring relations between the two nations closer.

RT reports:

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule

ecep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.

“We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the Turkish president said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul, as quoted by Hurriyet daily.

Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is seeking to restore “justice.”

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice,” he said.

He went on to say that “in his estimation” almost 1 million people have died in the conflict in Syria, although no monitoring group has provided any similar figures. The latest UN estimate stands at 400,000 people killed in the five-year civil war.

Erdogan said that Turkey could not “endure” the unending killing of civilians and “had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army.”

The Turkish leader also accused the UN of inability to influence the situation in Syria and said that the organization is ineffective in its current state.

“The world is bigger than five,” he said, referring to the number of permanent members on the UN Security Council, as reported by Hurriyet.

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