Thursday, January 18, 2018

Afrin Operation/Invasion : Syria warns it may shoot down Turkish fighter jets attacking Kurds

Syria warns it may shoot down Turkish fighter jets attacking Kurds
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad affirmed on Thursday that Syria will confront any Turkish aggression or military action against its territory with appropriate response.

“We warn the Turkish leadership that in the event of initiating hostilities in the area of Afrin, this will be considered an act of aggression by the Turkish army on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic’s territories in accordance with the international law known to the Turkish side,” Mikdad said in a statement read to journalists at the Ministry HQ.

“We note that the Syrian Air Defense has regained its full strength and is ready to destroy the Turkish air targets in the skies of the Syrian Arab Republic. This means that in the event of Turkish airstrikes on Syria, the Turkish side should realize that it is not going in a picnic,” he added.

“I confirm and hope that the Turkish side will listen well and I also hope that this message will be clear to all whom this may concern that Afrin in particular and the northern and northeastern region of the Syrian Arab Republic has always been a Syrian Arab territory as it will always be,” Mikdad noted.




  1. Damascus: Syrian Air Defense Ready to Destroy Turkish Aviation If They Attack...

    Syrian authorities warned Turkey against taking hostile action in Afrin in Aleppo province, stressing that Damascus will consider it an act of aggression and undermine the country's sovereignty.
    "We warn the Turkish leadership that if they initiate combat operations in the Afrin area, that will be considered an act of aggression by the Turkish army," Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad told reporters, RIA Novosti reported.

    The statement was made after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara would intervene in Syria's Afrin and Manbij, citing the threat posed by the Kurdish militants to the integrity of the Syrian border. He has also outlined the country's position towards Syrian government forces in Idlib, adding that their advance should be stopped.

    It also came as Ankara announced that Turkey is ready “at any moment” to start an operation in a besieged border area of Syria.

  2. The Turkish Chief of General Staff, General Hulusi Akar, traveled to Moscow, Thursday, to meet with his Russian counterpart, General Valeri Gerasimov.

    According to Turkish state media, General Akar met with his Russian counterpart to discuss the current situation in Syria and the possible military operation in the Afrin Canton of Aleppo.

    1. Der türkische Generalstabschef Hulusi Akar und der Geheimdienstchef Hakan Fidan haben am Donnerstag in Moskau mit Verteidigungsminister Sergej Schoigu und Generalstabschef Waleri Gerassimow unter anderem über Syrien beraten. Zuvor hatte Syrien gedroht, türkische Jets abzuschießen.
      Verteidigungsminister Schoigu habe mit Akar und Fidan die Situation im Nahen Osten und „andere aktuelle Themen von gegenseitigem Interesse“ erörtert, teilte das russische Verteidigungsamt mit. Außer dass das Treffen „in konstruktiver Atmosphäre verlief“, wurden keine weiteren Details veröffentlicht.

  3. Not much is known about Ankara’s exact strategy of capturing Afrin, but a ground offensive seems to be the backbone of Turkish plans. Over the past week, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers have been arriving to the border areas inside Turkey, according to Turkish press reports. Notably, the army has deployed signal jammers, which indicates the intervention might also include electronic warfare.

    However, it will not be the Turks themselves that lead the fight. In its previous operations on Syrian soil, Ankara heavily relied on pro-Turkish rebels who made up most of the manpower to fight against the Kurds. This time promises to be no different. On Tuesday, when asked if Syrian rebels would be involved in the Afrin operation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “Of course they will, together. This struggle is being conducted for them. Not for us.”

  4. Plusieurs milliers de personnes ont manifesté jeudi dans les territoires kurdes du nord de la Syrie, dénonçant les menaces du voisin turc de lancer une offensive contre des bastions de la communauté...

    Le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan a affirmé lundi que l'armée turque était "prête" à lancer une opération "à tout moment" contre des villes du nord syrien contrôlées par des forces kurdes, notamment Afrine, située non loin de la frontière avec la Turquie.

    Estimés à 15% de la population syrienne, longtemps opprimés sous le régime de Damas, les Kurdes ont profité de la guerre déclenchée en 2011 pour établir une autonomie de facto dans les territoires qu'ils contrôlent, dans le nord et nord-est syrien.


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