Web Research Links for the Week of 10/14/19

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Turkey Threatens Damascus Government With Declaration Of Full-Scale Warhttps://southfront.org/turkey-threatens-damascus-government-with-declaration-of-full-scale-war/ – “Turkey will see deployment of the Syrian Army to protect Kurdish militias in northern Syria as a declaration of war on Turkey, Yasin Aktay, an adviser of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, said on October 19… ‘If the Syrian regime [the Assad government] wants to enter Manbij, Ayn al-Arab and Qamishli to provide protection for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG], that will be viewed by Turkey as the declaration of war and it [Damascus] will face a relevant response,’ the Turkish presidential adviser said… ‘Turkey does not grab anyone’s territories,’ Aktay said.”  – Comment: Right.

Major news on the Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria, one small example: Erdogan Says He Has No Objection To Damascus’ Control Over Northeastern Syriahttps://southfront.org/erdogan-says-he-has-no-objection-to-damascus-control-over-northeastern-syria/ – “Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that he will discuss the situation in northeast Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their upcoming meeting on October 22: ‘There will be a meeting with Putin in Sochi on Tuesday. Our aim is to identify an acceptable solution. We want the areas under the control of the Syrian government to be cleared of militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK] and the Self Defense Forces [YPG],’ (Erdogan) told a news conference in Istanbul on October 18, according to the Russian news agency TASS.”

Turkey Still Aims To Capture Manbij Despite Syrian Army Deployment Therehttps://southfront.org/turkey-aims-to-capture-manbij-despite-syrian-army-deployment-there/ – “The statement of Erdogan goes contrary to the situtation on the ground and sets ground for a further escalation in the region. Units of the Syrian Army and the Russian Military Police already entered Manbij and it is highly unlikely that they would handover it to Turkey. Therefore, any Turkish advance on Manbij will lead to a conflict with Moscow and Damascus… Hinting to Kurdish armed groups in northern Syria, Erdogan said that “terror groups are the biggest source of threat to peace, tranquility, and stability in our region”… Erdogan claimed that Turkey aims to clear northern Syria of ‘terrorists’ stretching from the city of Manbij to the Iraqi-Turkish border and to provide voluntary resettlement of around 3 million Syrians to their home.”

Map Update: Military Situation In Northern Syria After Handover Of Manbij To Syrian Army – https://southfront.org/map-update-military-situation-in-northern-syria-after-handover-of-manbij-to-syrian-army/

Map Update: Areas Of Deployment Of Syrian Army In Northeastern Syriahttps://southfront.org/map-update-areas-of-deployment-of-syrian-army-in-northeastern-syria/

Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw https://s2.washingtonpost.com/193f9b2/5da5aa73e6e81b252e54b446/YnJ0YW5uZXJAYnJ1Y2V0YW5uZXIuaW5mbw%3D%3D/1/10/cb608e5f7d633fad1e63a9f13654ec94 – “The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that military police in northwestern Manbij were patrolling ‘along the line of contact between the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.” A senior Russian official said Moscow was working to prevent a military confrontation between Ankara and Damascus… ‘No one wants this kind of clash to happen. It’s completely inadmissible. So, of course, we will not allow that,’ Alexander Lavrentyev, Russia’s special presidential envoy for Syria, told reporters in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Interfax news agency.”

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