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Wednesday, March 2

YPG Sources: Turkish commandos in league with Islamic State sneak into Syria

Well, General Breedlove, what do you have to say for yourself? Or are you going to find a way to blame Russia for Turkey's alliance with Islamic State? 

General Philip Breedlove is Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and Commander of the U.S. European Command. It seems his sole responsibility is terrorizing Germany's government into backing away from Russia.        
For the latest news on General Philip Breedlove's idea of high school with nukes, you can read this report from the Washington Times or listen to the podcast for Stephen Cohen's report on the John Batchelor Show on March 1. (War Parties on the March in Syrian Ceasefire; Stephen F Cohen, EastWestAccord.com, Professor Emeritus, NYU, Princeton.) 

Defense & Foreign Affairs Editor-in-Chief Gregory Copley's report at the John Batchelor Show, February 29. Here is the podcast of the discussion. Text summary of the discussion is from the JBS schedule page:

First-hand sources within Kurdish forces in northern Syria reported on February 29, 2016 that some 200 Turkish commando forces, believed to have been attached to the Turkish Second Army, broke the ceasefire in northern Syria on the morning of February 28, 2016, accompanied by approximately 400 fighters from DI’ISH (Islamic State ...), attacking the Syrian Kurdish town of Tell Abyad, on the Syria-Turkish border, in the al-Raqqah Governorate. 

This was the scene, in May-July 2015, of a major Syrian Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units: Yekîneyên Parastina Gel) military success known as the Tell Abyad offensive or Martyr Rubar Qamışlo operation.

The new combined Turkish Army/Islamic State attack on Tell Abyad and YPG positions began at 05.00 hrs local on February 28, 2016, and was supported by heavy artillery fire from 24 Turkish Army T-155 Fırtına (Storm) 155mm self-propelled howitzers.

Some 14 Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft were also reported to have been engaged since the ceasefire began and have taken down two Syrian military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the ceasefire, and along the Turkish-Syrian border area. 

At least four Royal Saudi Air Force F-15S Strike Eagle fighters have also been deployed into the border zone from their new base at Incirlik, Turkey, where they have a support team with two RSAF C-30H Hercules transports.

It is not known to what extent the RSAF F-15s have been engaged in cross-border attacks on YPG positions, but there are no reports that they have engaged Islamic State positions.

It should be stressed that neither Turkey nor Islamic State — nor Saudi Arabia — are party to the ceasefire agreement which was drafted between Russia and the US, but each party was expected to bring its own allied forces under control.

The Syrian Kurdish sources said that conventional Turkish Army units were now “massing” along the border ...


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