المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkey prepares military action in Syria

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The Turkish government on Oct. 1 submitted a motion to parliament to expand authorization to act against security threats in Iraq and Syria. Turkish forces are currently authorized to operate across the Iraqi border to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). In recent weeks, 160,000 refugees have crossed the border into Turkey fleeing the ISIS advance on the Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria. (PUKMedia) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile denied claims by Abu-Omar al-Tunisi, head of ISIS Foreign Relations, that the extremist group has opened a diplomatic consulate in Istanbul. (IraqiNews.com)

On Sept. 30, the US Defense Department announced that the Marine Corps will deploy 2,300 soldiers to the Middle East, with a mission of rapid intervention at the outbreak of crises in the region. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the intervention unit will not be linked to “the ongoing operations in Iraq,” but will be ready to move quickly in case of an “an unexpected event.” IraqiNews.com

Kurdish YPG militia forces, now joined by PKK fighters fwho have crossed from Turkey, now say they have retaken several hamlets that had been occupied by ISIS on the outskirts of besieged Kobani. Reports indicate that the Kurdish forces have been able to obtain anti-tank missiles to use against ISIS tanks that were seized from the Iraqi army in Mosul. (KurdishInfo, Oct. 1; EA Worldview, Sept. 30)

Turkey is now barring the entry of refugees. A BBC report on the scene at the Turkish border describes refugees literally pressing up against the razor-wire fence as plumes of smoke rise from Kobani behind them. “Where can we go?” asked one. “We have ISIS behind us and the Turkish army ahead of us.” (BBC World Service, Oct. 1)

 

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