The U.S.-Turkish relationship had endured for over 70 years. But now Turkey wants to muscle the Americans out the Middle East. On a bogus pretext and backed by Russia, Turkey has launched an incursion into Syria – and a proxy war against the U.S.
Kurdistan is a region straddling northern Iraq, Western Iran, eastern Turkey and parts of Syria and Armenia. Some 30 million Kurds inhabit the region, and have struggled for decades recognition, influence, and an independent nation-state.
Israel was the lone regional voice supporting an independent Kurdistan, while the U.S., U.K. and Russia favored a unified Iraq as well. "A stable and unified Kurdish entity in the middle of this swamp, is not a bad idea," Netanyahu said in September. The prime minister added that while Israel sees the Kurdish guerillas PKK as a terrorist organization, "it supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state."
After the referendum, the Iraqi government led a military campaign to retake areas held by the Kurds, the city of Kirkuk becoming the initial flashpoint. After several military defeats the Kurds have largely backed down in their bid for independence and have yet to declare their own state.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said 22 civilians had been killed in Turkish shelling and air strikes, and thousands were already fleeing the fighting
The police raids brought the number of such detentions to around 70 since 'Operation Olive Branch' was launched over the weekend
Turkey Attacks Syria: Eighteen Civilians Killed as Erdogan Vows Swift and Brutal Campaign Against the Kurds
18 civilians, including women and children, the spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia alliance said on Monday
Turkish border town of Reyhanli was hit Sunday, killing a Syrian national and wounding 32 people, broadcaster NTV reported the town's mayor as saying
Iran calls for end of Turkish offensive in Syria, says it may help 'terrorists'
The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey, said it had repulsed the Turkish forces and their allies after fierce clashes
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a speech at Stanford University, gave the clearest acknowledgment yet that Russia and Iran have bolstered Assad and that he is unlikely to leave power immediately
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the planned Kurdish-led force is a 'blatant intervention' that will further complicate the conflict in Syria
230 new cadets have already been recruited to the force, which is anticipated to reach 30,000 troops in the next several years