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Turkey Launches US-Approved Border Aggression on Syria 


On the phony pretext of combating ISIS Ankara actively supports, Turkish forces aggressively crossed into northern Syrian territory over the weekend.

Russia has evidence of their illegal operations. Sergey Lavrov called it Erdogan’s “creeping expansion.”

Interviewed on Russia’s REN TV on Sunday, he said “(a)ccording to our information, they are digging in a few hundred meters from the border inside Syria,” operating illegally, positioning heavy weapons.

“While demanding that Kurdish positions are not reinforced in Syria, Turkey has started to declare it has a sovereign right to create safety zones on Syrian territory” – with full US-led NATO support and encouragement.

Earlier reports showed Erdogan wants control over border areas inside Syria nearly 100 km long and eight km deep, a flagrant violation of its sovereignty.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported “elite Turkish soldiers entered Syria on Saturday…” Ankara declined to comment.

Erdogan wants Assad toppled, northern Syria annexed, all options on the table to achieve his objectives. “What’s going on in Syria is a historic showdown,” he blustered.

His weekend operation is part of an escalated effort, expanding conflict in Syria, making it harder to resolve things. Whether and how Russia intends responding remains to be seen.

Turkish and US forces in northern Syria are actively aiding ISIS and other terrorist groups. Russia knows what’s going on and their objective.

So far, it hasn’t intervened to stop them. The more aggressive Obama and Erdogan get, the more likely direct confrontation with Russia will follow.

Syria remains a hugely dangerous flashpoint. At risk is war well beyond its borders.

US Talks Peace in Syria While Waging War

Ceasefire is more illusion than reality. John Kerry claims it saved “literally tens of thousands of lives…” Half a million Syrian deaths from over five years of US-sponsored conflict reveal the viciousness of Washington’s imperial agenda.

Syrians suffer from endless war, slaughter and destruction. Nothing in prospect suggests resolution. Rhetoric is no substitute for action.

As long as Washington wants puppet governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence, endless war will continue. Countless more victims will perish.

US-supported terrorists continue crossing from Turkey into Syria on a regular basis. According to Syria’s Peace Coordination Center, scores of militants trained and armed in Turkey. “entered Anadan in…northern Aleppo” on May 10 alone.

They brought “vehicles loaded with ammunition and weapons. (Their) artillery units continued to shell…Sheikh Maqsoud and al-Ameriyeh neighborhoods.”

Al-Neireb airport was attacked along with the Handarat refugee camp. Fighting in and around Aleppo along with other conflict areas rages daily.

On Tuesday, Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Western and regionally supported terrorists are exploiting the ceasefire to regroup and rearm.

He condemned Washington especially for talking peace while supporting endless conflict, backing terrorists called “moderates.”

Since ceasefire began at midnight on February 26, Russia reported 508 breaches through May 10. They continue daily.

Syria complained to UN authorities about active Turkish, Saudi and Qatari support for terrorists, especially in flashpoint areas like Aleppo.

An official statement said they’re systematically undermining peace efforts. Damascus remains determined to defeat terrorism, seek conflict resolution through intra-Syrian dialogue and restore stability to the country.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov blasted Ankara’s “unconstructive role” in so-called peace talks among warring parties. Erdogan wants conflict continued, not resolved.

In the last 24 hours alone, Syrian media reported terrorist snipers shot civilians in Aleppo, shelled neighborhoods in Idlib province, and continued attacks in other areas.

On Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif affirmed the importance of combatting terrorist groups “without leniency,” including efforts to block their sources of funding and weapons.

Putin’s hope for achieving “positive and fundamental changes” remains elusive.

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About the author: Stephen J. Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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