ASSAD JUNIOR TO DEPLOY COMBAT FORCES TO DEFEND AFRIN FROM TURKEY! 2-16-2018

I literally can’t keep up with the situation in Syria. The on the ground situation is now changing so rapidly, and not in a good way, it is hard to tell exactly who is doing what, and why they are doing it. Still, the link below is a trip wire guaranteeing direct combat between Assad junior’s military and advancing Turkish troops. Since Turkey is nominally a NATO member, the potential for a NATO/Turkey fight between Assad Junior, the Kurds, Iran and Hezzbollah just skyrocketed. The USA is also right in the middle of the boiling pot. In fact, Tillerson is looking even more feckless than I thought yesterday. What will the USA do when both the Kurds and Assad junior’s forces light up the advancing armor columns now headed toward Afrin, and likely Manbji? My only advice would be for any US troops there would be to DUCK AND COVER. As usual with the Iranian FARS news service, things are somewhat muddy. The main article says the Assad junior is a done deal, and the final paragraph says it isn’t. Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens. I said Assad Junior doesn’t want either Turkey or the Kurds telling him what to do. The story indicates the kind of real politic the Kurds are learning. The Kurds have obviously concluded they will get a better “deal” from Assad Junior than they will from the raving lunatic Erdogan. Hour by hour, and day by day, Syria is sliding into total chaos, and heading towards a military confrontation not seen since the October of 1973 Yom Kippur War. The one I was in San Antonio, Texas, Fort Sam Houston taking my medic training. Oh yeah, things are going to get real interesting now.

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The link is here.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961127000240

Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:16
Syrian Army to Deploy in Kurdish-Held Afrin

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian government and the Kurdish fighters have reached an agreement over deployment of the Syrian Army troops in Afrin region amid advances of the Turkish army troops and Ankara-backed militants in Northern Aleppo, an Arab media outlet reported on Friday.

The al-Mayadeen tv quoted well-informed sources as saying that the Syrian government and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) agreed on the deployment of the Syrian Army troops in Afrin region which has come under attack by the Turkish army troops and their allied militants in recent weeks.

It added that the newly-concluded agreement is aimed at confronting the Turkish’s operation in Afrin.  

A senior Kurdish official said in late January that the Syrian army forces’ deployment in Afrin was welcomed as war was ravaging between the Kurds and the Turkish army.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel quoted the source as saying at the time that the Kurds welcomed the Syrian army’s presence in Afrin after the Syrian government proposed some solutions and made an agreement with them.

He said that the Kurds were prepared to defend themselves, adding, “We are not enemies of the Syrian government but we want to be a part of the political process in the country; we will also deliver our weapons to the Syrian army once we reach a political solution.”

Meantime, the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel quoted Behjat Abdou, the head of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) committee in Afrin, as saying that no agreement was made to deploy the Syrian army soldiers in Afrin, adding that the Kurds were highly prepared to repel the Turkish army attacks.

Turkey is also ramping up its armor deployments as this link shows.

Turkey deploys upgraded M60Ts to Afrin

James Bingham, London – Jane’s Defence Weekly
16 February 2018

Turkey has deployed upgraded M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) for its Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northwest Syria.
Images taken on the Turkish side of the border near Afrin in mid-February show a number of M60Ts equipped with laser warning receivers (LWRs), situational awareness systems, and remotely operated weapon stations (ROWS) that form part of an indigenous upgrade package.

The upgraded version of the M60T was seen when Turkish forces participated in an exercise with Iraqis on the border between their two countries in September 2017, but this is the first time it is known to have been involved in a combat operation.

Not all the Turkish M60s being used in Operation ‘Olive Branch’ have had the upgrade, with several older variants such as M60A3s and baseline M60Ts also being photographed.

The M60T upgrade was unveiled in May 2017 at the IDEF defence exhibition in Istanbul and is the result of a partnership between Aselsan and the General Directorate of Military Factories (AFGM). The LWR, situational awareness systems, and SARP ROWS are all manufactured by Aselsan, with AFGM believed to be responsible for integrating them onto the platform.

Four sets of the LWR and situational awareness systems are mounted on the turret of the tank: two on either side of the arrow-shaped frontal appliqué armor and two on the slat armor at the rear. The LWS is mounted in a rectangular box and the situational awareness system with three apertures directly above it.

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THE FINAL PIECES FOR SYRIAN DISASTER NOW IN PLACE 2-16-2018

I think the final moves are now being made for a total disaster in Syria. If all we get out of this is a regional war, we should count ourselves fortunate. The two key factors are Erdogan’s move to Syria’s eastern border with Iraq on the Euphrates River. Once he does that, he will directly engage US troops. The second decisive factor is with the slaughter of several hundred Russian mercs Putin’s hand has been forced. He is up for election after all. He simply can’t afford a major Syrian scandal at this point. It is a common tactic of desperate, totalitarian regimes, like Argentina going to war with Britain over the Falklands. The reason they did that was to prevent the mass demonstrations from bringing down the government. It didn’t work, but they started a war anyway.

I believe historical forces are now in play that can’t be bottled up any longer. It is the 100 year mark since the collapse of the historical Ottoman Empire, that’s the one Erdogan wants to restore, as well as the British and French partition of the Middle East. All things have a cycle from birth to death, and I think the Imperial model, the Colonial model imposed on the Middle East is reaching its expiration date.

I also think the various factions are aligning up nicely for the final confrontation that will trigger World War Three. We have a desperate Erdogan, fully seduced by his historical Ottoman fantasy. We have a Putin, now faced with a political crisis that threatens his rule. Next, we have a militant Iran, and its Hezzbollah clone, itching to light it up with Israel. We have Assad junior, who doesn’t want a Kurdish state in Syria anymore than Erdogan does. The combatants will align as follows: Iran, Hezzbollah, Assad Junior, Russia and Turkey against the US Coalition, the Kurds, NATO, and Israel. Israel wants to take down Iran, and Iran wants to take down Israel. Israel is also having its own political crisis.

Once this free for all gets going, and we could be looking at a two to four week time frame, depending on who shoots first, the French post from yesterday will be seen as prophetic. I am also saying that once it gets lit up, all the other players are going to get involved. The list would include Saudi Arabia, which despises Iran, they are Shia Muslims, and the Saudis are Sunni. Saudi Arabia also hates Hezzbollah in Lebanon. The Saudi government has also made direct threats against Lebanon, so it won’t take much to bring them in. Finally, the Shia Houhi tribe in Yemen, the one that is fighting Saudi Arabia already, will engage as an Iranian proxy. The result of that is both the Suez Canal, under threat from the Houthi, and the Straits of Hormuz, under threat from Iran, will be closed. Of course, all it would take is one missile and the insurance companies won’t insure the tankers. At that point, even if all Iran or the Houthi tribesmen did is threaten to shoot, it would be enough.

At any rate, things are coming into focus in Syria. We may somehow get a diplomatic solution to all of this, but after Tillerson and his dog and pony show with Erdogan things don’t look promising. In fact, I would say now that Tillerson’s plane wheels are off the tarmac Erdogan will unleash his military on the Kurds. And after that, to paraphrase the French King, the one before the final one, Apres moi, les deluge. After me, the deluge. He was predicting the French Revolution by the way, but it applies to Syria also.

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FRANCE GETS NERVOUS ABOUT SYRIA 2-14-2018

In a sign of just how out of control Syria has the potential to become, Frances UN representative made a statement indicating just how serious the Syrian situation is. The link is below.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/140220183

France: Syria risks becoming ‘international confrontation’

By Rudaw 2 hours ago

NEW YORK – The conflict in Syria could expand to a “regional and international confrontation,” warned France’s ambassador to the United Nations. 

“Look at the situation in Syria: all the ingredients are present, if we do nothing about it urgently, for a major regional and international confrontation,” Ambassador Francois Delattre said on Wednesday in answer to a question from Rudaw’s Majeed Gly.

Delattre was on his way into a session of the UN Security Council that will discuss a resolution proposing a one-month humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.

The UN requested a ceasefire in order to allow delivery of humanitarian aid to desperate civilian populations after nearly seven years of war in the country that has drawn international actors into its complicated battle field. Russia and Iran are backing Damascus, the US and the global coalition are backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight ISIS, and Turkey is backing elements within Syrian rebel forces to combat ISIS and the Kurdish forces.

The potential for conflict between the United States and Russia was highlighted when reports emerged of possible Russian casualties in US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian regime allies in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province. 

NATO allies Turkey and the United States have verbally sparred over the northern Syrian town of Manbij, where the United States has forces training and assisting its Syrian allies in the war against ISIS – forces that Ankara alleges are a branch of the PKK, a named terror organization.

Last week, an Israeli jet crashed during retaliatory operations in Syria after an Iranian drone allegedly entered Israel’s airspace from Syria.

The threat of confrontation between the various international actors combined with the humanitarian emergency “is enough to call for a strong reaction” and support for the ceasefire, Delattre explained. “We believe that the strategic component of all this is now another source of great emergency and extreme concern for us and also, I guess, for many of my colleagues.”

Asked if Turkey would be obliged to cease its Operation Olive Branch in Afrin if the Security Council passes the resolution, the ambassador from Sweden, which is a co-sponsor of the draft resolution, declined to comment.

Russia said last week that a ceasefire was “not realistic.”

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US COALITION KILLS RUSSIAN TROOPS IN SYRIA: PART TWO 2-13-2018

The battle on February 7th, 2018 was on a much greater scale than first reports indicated. It is now being reported that dozens of Russian “contract soldiers” were killed when they attacked Kurdish positions near the Euphrates River in Eastern Syria. Putin made the decision to cover this up. The cover up is now breaking and Putin finds himself in the position of being caught with his pants down.  The Syrian situation is headed south, fast.

The link is here.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-13/us-strikes-kill-100-russian-soldiers-syria

US Strikes Kill 100 Russian Fighters In Syria

ISRAEL THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET TO IRAN 2-11-2018

The situation in the Middle East is getting worse. All of the key players: Turkey, Iran, Syria, Israel, Hezzbollah, Russia and the Kurds are now fully primed for a regional war. The rhetoric is increasingly heated. The military forces are being deployed. Iran’s shootdown of the IDF F-16 really has changed the game. Israel can no longer assume air superiority for the simple reason Iran, Hezzbollah and Assad junior’s forces now have a very credible anti-aircraft defense system. The Kurds also just shot down a Turkish helicopter. It was the Stinger anti-aircraft missile that defeated Russia in Afghanistan. It is the manpad, shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, that have changed the game in Syria. The deployment of anti-armor missiles has allowed the Kurds to engage Turkish armor. The deployment of shoulder fired missiles has allowed the Kurds to engage Turkey’s F-16’s and helicopters. I would say this fact most resembles the first introduction of the machine gun. The field is now even between advanced military forces, with their F-16’s and tanks, and modern infantry supplied with anti-armor, and anti-aircraft missiles. The new military reality is one infantry man can now take out a plane, or a helicopter, or a tank with one of these shoulder fired missiles. Further, the military implications of that fact; namely, one infantry man can destroy an F-16, or an Apache helicopter costing millions, with one missile costing 100,000 dollars means a military reset is now underway. The rise of unmanned drones is one response to the threat. Iran is now saying they are building hundreds of drones, fitted with “smart bombs,” for use in combat.

The war of rhetoric continues unabated with Iranian comments that are going to make Israel very nervous. Israel, well Israel isn’t holding back either. The link below indicates that the situation may very well get even worse, and faster than some think.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-warns-over-irans-presence-syria-air-strikes-155202407.html

Israel warns over Iran’s presence in Syria after air strikes

Mike Smith

,

AFP

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel issued stark warnings on Sunday over Iran’s presence in neighbouring Syria after a confrontation threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in the country’s seven-year civil war.

Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets — the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began.

The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel’s first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982.

“We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

“We made clear to everyone that our rules of engagement will not change in any way. We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us. This was our policy and this will remain our policy.”

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Other Israeli ministers spoke of refusing to accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria, as Netanyahu has said repeatedly. Tehran denies it is doing so.

While several analysts said they did not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some spoke of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase.

Syria has become more emboldened to try to stop Israeli strikes inside the country, while Israel wants to maintain its ability to operate there when it sees fit, said Ofer Zalzberg of the International Crisis Group think tank.

Israel has sought to stay out of direct involvement in the Syrian war, but it acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes there to stop what it describes as deliveries of advanced weapons to Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

Israel fought a devastating war in 2006 with Hezbollah, which along with Iran and Russia backs the Syrian regime in the conflict.

“I think this incident is more likely to be contained because fundamentally it is a gradual attempt to renegotiate the so-called rules of the game,” Zalzberg said, adding that Russia should mediate.

Witnesses said Israel had deployed a missile defence system in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the demarcation line with Syria on Sunday morning.

– ‘Playing with fire’ –

Saturday’s events began with Israel shooting down what it described as an Iranian drone that had entered Israeli airspace from Syria — which Tehran has denied.

On Sunday, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus alleged the drone was a copy of a US model captured by Iran in 2011. He said the conclusion was made from an analysis of the drone’s debris.

Israel responded on Saturday with a raid on what it said was the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the drone.

During that raid, the Israeli F16 met heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire and was hit, Israeli Air Force Brigadier General Amnon Ein Dar told army radio.

The pilots ejected and the plane crashed inside Israel. One crew member was severely wounded, but his condition was said to be improving on Sunday.

Israel then carried out what it called “large-scale” air strikes inside Syria, including against what it described as Iranian targets.

Conricus warned on Saturday that Syria and Iran were “playing with fire”, but stressed that Israel was not seeking an escalation.

“This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty” in recent years, Conricus said.

Iran dismissed Israeli “lies” and said Syria had the right to defend itself against Israeli attacks.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said “Iran does not have a military presence in Syria, and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government.”

Russia stressed the need to “avoid any measure that could lead to a dangerous escalation”.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate de-escalation.

Netanyahu spoke with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after Saturday’s confrontation.

Washington backed Israel and blamed Iran for the escalation.

Tillerson on Sunday begins a Middle East tour that will take him to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait.

Netanyahu has met regularly with Putin in recent months in a bid to convince Russia to keep Iranian forces away from Israeli territory.

Russia and Israel have also established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.

Israel is technically at war with Syria and occupies a swathe of the Golan Heights that it seized in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.

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SYRIA GOES CRITICAL MASS 2-5-2018

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.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961116000729

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 -https://muraselon.com/en/2018/02/breaking-syrian-army-strikes-turkish-forces-south-aleppo-turkish-strikes-back-report/

We also have this report on the collapsing situation.

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

https://mobile.twitter.com/QalaatAlM…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.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961116000874

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.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961116001211

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.

 

WAR CLOUDS GATHER IN THE MID-EAST 2-4-2018

I have two links for you to ponder as the Middle East falls further into chaos.  The first is a statement from HAMAS, they are based in the Gaza Strip bordering Southern Israel, saying war is “imminent,” as in a few days from now. The link is here.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-04/hamas-leader-warns-war-israel-will-erupt-within-days

Hamas Leader Warns War With Israel Will Erupt “Within Days”

Next week a significant war drill will be conducted across Israel by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) together with the American military, as part of the biennial Juniper Cobra military exercise, which this year will imitate a simultaneous missile attack on Israel from both its northern and southern fronts.

Meanwhile, as Israel prepares for armed conflict, Al Hayat, an Arabic-language London-based newspaper, writes that Hamas’ chief Yahya Sinwar has ordered the Gaza-based Islamist militant group on high alert, indicating that war is a “95 percent probability” and it could erupt in hours or within days.

According to Haaretz, Hamas’ chief in Gaza anticipates Israel will use the upcoming military exercises in the south to spark new conflict, and as a result Hamas has started preparing the Gaza Strip for a military incursion by Israel forces:

Sources that have met with Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ political leader in Gaza, say that Palestinian factions believe that Israel will use a training exercise planned on the southern front to open a military operation against Hamas. The report further said that the military wing of Hamas has declared a state of high alert, evacuating sites and headquarters and even deploying road blocks accross the Strip.

Political and human rights activists in Gaza told Haaretz that the atmosphere in the Strip is very grim in light of the humanitarian crisis, some of which involves the non-implementation of the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and mutual recriminations between the PA and Hamas over the freeze in talks.

Hamas’ war preparations in the Gaza strip are in anticipation that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the American military could use the Juniper Cobra war drill to strike the Gaza Strip.

The next link refers to Turkish threats to attack US Troops embedded with Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. The link is here.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-04/turkey-warns-us-troops-northern-syria-may-be-targeted-its-armed-forces

Turkey Warns US Troops In Northern Syria May Be Targeted By Its Armed Forces

Last week we reported  that days Turkey valiantly demanded that US forces vacate military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij, the US predictably refused, and on Monday a top American general said that US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, rebuffing Ankara demands to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO allies.

One week later, in the latest dramatic escalation between the two NATO members, Turkey’s Deputy PM has warned that US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, effectively stating that US troops in northern Syria are now “fair game” in the ongoing deadly conflict.

Speaking to CNN Turk on Sunday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said if US troops wear “terrorists’ clothes” and find themselves among “terrorists” of the Kurdish YPG forces attacking the Turkish troops, “there is no chance that we will make a distinction at this point.”

 

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