The Turkish military operation into Syria has been launched today with airstrikes targeting ISIS and Kurdish forces, a Turkish security source confirmed.
On Monday, President Trump announced the United States would begin withdrawing troops in Syria to allow Turkey to begin attacking the Kurds, our ally in the fight against ISIS. Yesterday, Turkey began bombing the Kurds supply lines. Today, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the official statement that the ‘Operation Spring Peace‘ military campaign against Syria had officially begin. Within minutes of that announcement, bombs began falling on Syrian civilians as jets began relentless airstrikes. Turkey has declared not a ‘limited campaign against terrorists’, this is all out war against Syria.
“And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.” 1 Kings 18:33-35 (KJV)
You don’t have to be Doris Kerns Goodwin or Ken Burns to immediately understand the historical significance of what is happening right now in Syria. And the fact that this latest war would not have been possible without tacit approval from President Trump bodes badly for the White House. Having your name tied to the carpet bombing of Syrian civilians is not a good optic for a man who is simultaneously defending himself against impeachment and running for reelection.
I quoted the above verses from 1 Kings to illustrate the level to which the degree of difficulty that Donald Trump’s actions on Syria have now done to his 2020 campaign. Elijah filled the altar with water because only God was able to set that on fire. And only the direct intervention of God will see Donald Trump re-elected. He has my vote, but man oh man, he is ever up against the wall now.
President Erdogan Announces ‘Operation Peace Spring’ Has Begun
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: This afternoon Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his offensive into northern Syria had begun in a bid to ‘bring peace to the area’ by targeting terrorists. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said Turkish warplanes struck its region in the northeast, sparking ‘huge panic among people’ today.
Mustafa Bali, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman, said on Twitter: ‘Turkish warplanes have started to carry out air strikes on civilian areas.’ Pictured and video footage from the ground appeared to show civilians desperately fleeing the area as smoke rose from bombed positions. Kurds living near the border said civilians near the border were hurt in the attack, according to reports.
Syrian state media and a Kurdish official separately said bombing hit the town of Ras al-Ain in the northeast along the Turkish border that will be supported by artillery and howitzer fire. Earlier, Turkish television reports said Turkish jets had bombed Syrian Kurdish positions across the border from Turkey.
Erdogan tweeted today that his armed forces along with the Syrian National Army had launched ‘Operation Peace Spring’ to ‘prevent the creation of a terror corridor’ along the Turkish border.
He added the aim to is to eliminate threats from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Islamic State militants, and enable the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey after the formation of a ‘safe zone’ in the area.
The Turkish president wrote on Twitter: ‘Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area. We will preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.’
A Turkish official confirmed the military action after explosions rocked the town of Ras al Ain in northeast Syria, on the border with Turkey. Earlier today Syria vowed to respond to a planned Turkish invasion of the northeast of the country, saying it condemned Ankara’s ‘hostile intentions’.
The Syrian foreign ministry said the ‘hostile actions’ of the Turkish government revealed its ‘expansionist ambitions,’ saying an attack on Syrian territory ‘could not be justified’ and pledged to ‘confront a Turkish assault’.
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Turkey’s Peace Spring Offensive Begins
Turkish military has now started its operation against the YPG terror group. The operational goal is to create a safe zone for the return of more than one million Syrian refugees displaced by war. The advance by Turkey follows US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that he was withdrawing US troops from the region. The American withdrawal is designed to avoid accidental confrontations on the battlefield between the two NATO allies. Ankara is carrying out the operation with its regional ally – the newly formed Syrian National Army. One division, the Al Hamza brigade, has been training for the past six months. and has the support of local Arabs and Kurds.