Breaking: Turkey Into Syria

That didn’t take long:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted Wednesday that Turkey had launched its offensive into northern Syria against Kurdish fighters and ISIS operatives in the region…

The big picture: This comes just a few days after President Trump announced that U.S. forces would withdraw from the “immediate area” into which Turkish troops are expected to advance. Kurdish fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forcesjoined forces with the U.S. to fight ISIS in 2015…

Where it stands: A senior Trump administration official told reporters on a call Monday that Trump was withdrawing 50 to 100 special forces troops operating near the Turkey-Syria border, but not pulling out of Syria entirely. The New York Times reports that “roughly 100 to 150 troops” were ordered to relocate in preparation for an incursion.

  • By Monday morning, about two dozen U.S. special forces left Syrian military outposts at the country’s northern border with Turkey, NYT’s Eric Schmidt said on Tuesday’s episode of the Daily.
  • The U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces said on Tuesday that ISIS took advantage of the impending attack from Turkey with 3 suicide bombings on military positions in Raqqa.

UPDATE 1: From Politico’s morning email thingie-

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.): “If Turkey moves into northern Syria, sanctions from hell – by Congress – will follow. Wide, deep, and devastating sanctions. … To the Turkish Government: You do NOT have a green light to enter into northern Syria. There is massive bipartisan opposition in Congress, which you should see as a red line you should not cross.”

 

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5 Responses to Breaking: Turkey Into Syria

  1. donnah says:

    Well, well, well, Trump’s lil golf buddy and all-around Republican stooge Lindsey Graham is taking a stand against something Trump has set in motion? It’s a little late, ain’t it Lindsey? This abandonment of faithful allies shows again that Trump has no loyalty to others, but demands it from his minions. And Lindsey has been loyal, sickeningly so.

    I wish Trump could be handed a gun and be dropped at the Syrian border, bone spurs and all. because he’s basically done the same thing to the Kurds. But we already know he’s a coward, while the Kurds are the courageous ones.

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  2. R White says:

    That uncle mary needs to spare us the faux outrage with his never-ending pearl clutching. He could save himself a lot of grief if he were to admit to whatever video shenanigans the russians and fat nixon are blackmailing him over.

    Lyndsey cannot expect anyone with a triple-digit IQ to really think that such nefarious actions were not agreed to months ago between fat nixon and erdogan given the complex logistics of moving infantries, tanks and support equipment. erdogan has been hell-bent on invading northern syria for months now, so the real question is: What does fat nixon personally get in return? Tax-free monies to prop up his sh*tty hotel in Istanbul? Another new golf course? And of course no one within the worthless beltway media is mentioning the many special forces members who have been left in harms way. FFS

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  3. Buttermilk Sky says:

    “Sanctions from hell” — ooh, I’m scared. It’s like being attacked by an enraged baby rabbit.

    I hope Putin’s enjoying his birthday present.

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  4. Infidel753 says:

    When we’re in a situation of depending on Lindsey Graham to uphold the honor of the United States, we’re in the wrong situation.

    Iran is holding maneuvers near its border with Turkey and demanding that the invasion stop. As far as I can tell, they’re the only ones actually trying to do anything about this. But Turkey is too powerful for them to intimidate.

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  5. Pyed says:

    Or, this could be Russian kabuki theater.

    In an earlier utterance, Lindsey Graham also threatened Turkey with expulsion from NATO. While I’m not certain such is within Lindsey’s purview, it would certainly get the glad eye from Putin. If America tried to eject Turkey from NATO, after demonstrating with the Kurds the value of an American ally, it would — at the very least — weaken the bonds of NATO.

    And THAT might be the full import of Shitler’s birthday gift to Pootie.

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