Since my post 24 hours ago, the Syrian situation has now exploded into a real mess. The thing about the Middle East is things can head south in less than one day. The Syrian situation is now headed south, at the speed of light, and will soon be standing next to some penguins. My Doomer Doug doomer sense alerted me to this yesterday. Now it is going off even more than Spiderman’s spidey sense every did. For one thing, I knew that Iran would eventually get involved, and so they have. The first link is from FARS, and yeah they definitely have an agenda, but still are a good source for what Iran really thinks. Iran thinks Turkey should butt out of Syria as the link shows.

Iran Reiterates Necessity for Turkey to Stop Military Operations in Syria

“What has happened in Syria by Turkey should stop and Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected because if this process continues, it will help the terrorists to return,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in his press conference in Tehran on Monday.

He warned that the terrorists still continue activities in Syria, and said, “Turkey should pursue issues within the framework of Astana talks and pay attention to Damascus views.”

“We are in contact and consultations with both sides,” Qassemi said.

The Iranian foreign ministry had also in January called on Ankara to immediately end military operations against the Syrian border city of Afrin which is controlled by Kurds, warning that the invasion could create the needed chaos for the terrorist groups to resume operations in the region.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is following up the current developments in the town of Afrin in Syria closely and with concern and hopes that the operations will immediately end to prevent further deepening and spread of crisis at the Turkish-Syrian bordering areas,” Qassemi said last month.

“Continued crisis in Afrin can strengthen the Takfiri-terrorist groups in Northern Syria again and will ignite again the fire of war and destruction in the country,” he added.


In the “that didn’t take long,” we have how Iran’s statements play out in real time, on the ground situations.  Northern Watch, over at timebomb gives us this nugget of Middle East reality 101.

Riam Dalati‏Verified account @Dalatrm · 7h7 hours ago

BBC contact Hassan Zaki near #AlEiss:
#Iran militias fired artillery at #TSK forces. 2 Turkish soldiers injured. #Turkey fired back from within its borders with 12 missiles. All targeting Tallet Al Jerdi village.

The Syrian forces led by Assad junior also wasted no time in going after Turkey near Aleppo.  Daniel Boon force fed me this little nugget.

Breaking | Syrian Army strikes Turkish forces in South Aleppo , Turkish strikes back -

We also have this report on the collapsing situation.

Qalaat Al Mudiq
#Pt. #IRGC-linked forces are shelling Al-Eis area & Turkish Army retaliating bombing nearby Hader. New #TSK convoy entered #Idlib province few ago.…60729983279104

And finally, in the Erdogan really is a raving lunatic, who thinks he is on a mission from God, we have this deal sealer.

The link is here.

Turkish Media Disclose New US Plan to Boost Kurdish Militants’ Military Power in Manbij

The Turkish-language Yeni Safak daily reported that the US forces are planning to build modern tunnels in the Kurdish-held town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo after the Kurdish forces’ US-built tunnels in the town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo were destroyed in the Turkish troops’ attacks.

The daily said that the new tunnels are capable of resisting against cement-piercing bombs, adding that identifying the exact location of the tunnels is not simply possible too.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Sunday If the PYD/PKK terror group does not leave Syria’s Manbij, Turkey would move there and towards East of Euphrates River.

In remarks made to CNN Turk, Bozdag, who is also a Spokesman for the government, said the PYD/PKK terrorists had to leave Manbij, a strategic city West of the Euphrates in Northern Syria.

“If they [PYD/PKK] do not leave Manbij, we will move into Manbij and towards the East of Euphrates,” he added.

Tensions are on the rise between Turkey and the US after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that his country’s army plan to expand their invasion of the Kurdish-held territories in Syria from Afrin to Manbij where some 3,000 US military forces are deployed.

Since the start of Operation “Olive Branch” by Ankara and its allied militants, Turkey has stressed that its forces would spread to the East, while Erdogan has stressed that his army would soon invade Manbij and continue the assault to the border with Iraq some 900km away.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also warned that it was “necessary for them (US) to immediately withdraw from Manbij” as well as take “more concrete steps rather than words” to end support for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the United States Central Command, had said that withdrawing US forces from Manbij is “not something we are looking into”.

Turkey’s Operation ‘Olive Branch’ kicked off mid-January from air and ground around the area of Afrin in Syria’s Aleppo to oust the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has stressed that Turkish offensive in Afrin is part of Ankara’s strategy based on supporting terrorists.

The Syrian government has condemned the “brutal Turkish aggression” against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, rejecting Ankara’s claim about having informed Damascus of the operation.

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Actually, it is now officially “worse.” This link indicates the Russians are now engaging the Turks with things to go boom.

Turkish Army Sends New Military Convoy to Southern Aleppo

The websites reported that a military convoy of the Turkish army has entered Syria’s Idlib province and has moved towards Tal al-Eis region in Southern Aleppo.

The websites further said that the Turkish column includes 60 military vehicles and crossed into Syria’s Idlib via the border village of Kafr Lousin.

This is the third time in the last three weeks that the Turkish army convoys try to reach Southern Aleppo.

A Russian media outlet reported last week that the Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at a convoy of Turkish military vehicles in Southern Aleppo.

The Arabic-language website of RT reported that the artillery and missile units of the Syrian army targeted a Turkish army convoy by over 30 artillery shells and missiles near the town of al-Eis in Southern Aleppo.

In the meantime, media activists said that several Russian warplanes pounded the Turkish convoy that tried to go through the regions that are under the Syrian Army control near al-Eis and near the highway that connects Aleppo to Damascus.

They further said that two Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew over Kamari region where the Turkish military column was targeted by the Syrian artillery and missile units, adding that five Russian fighter jets were also flying over Abu al-Dhohour in Southeastern Idlib.

Also, dissident-affiliated sources reported that the Turkish warplanes flew over Aleppo airspace to provide back-up for the Turkish military column in Tal (hill) al-Eis and bombed a region in al-Hadher.

Local sources said that almost 100 military vehicles, including 15 tanks of the Turkish army together with military equipment of Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) entered Syrian territories and tried to deploy behind Tal al-Eis that overlooks the Syrian Army’s positions in al-Hadher region in Southern Aleppo.

Militant-affiliated websites said that the Turkish convoy launched attacks on Syrian Army positons after their deployment near Tal al-Eis.


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