Skip to comments.French Special Ops Deploy, Join President Trump’s Stop-Turkey Line in Syria
Posted on 04/04/2018 7:29:36 PM PDT by ethom
French special operations troops have moved into two US Syrian bases, Manbij and Remelin, as the US boosts its lines against Turkey. While US President Donald Trump was saying Tuesday, April 3, that he would decide very quickly to remove US troops from Syria, our exclusive military sources report that US Marines were heading toward the northern Syrian town of Manbij as reinforcements against Turkish inroads. They took up positions along the Sajur River, one of the three tributaries that feed the Euphrates River in Syria from sources in Turkey. This action blocked the Turkish armys land access to Manbij, its next target after capturing Afrin. The Marine unit is equipped with a large fleet of armored vehicles, heavy artillery and engineering equipment. US military engineers are also building a new facility at the tiny Dadat village 8km east of the Sajur river as a rear base for the new US defense line. Military sources also reveal that on Sunday and Monday, April 1-2, French forces moved into northern Syria, marking Frances first substantial military feed into the Syrian civil war. French troops formed up alongside US marines in Manbij and their jets and battle helicopters landed at the US air base in Remelin to provide air support for the US and French contingents posted in Manbij.
The French units drove into Manbij at the moment on Monday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visited his troops with congratulations on their capture of Afrin from the US-backed Kurdish YPG militia. Clad in the army fatigues of a Turkish general, Erdogan signaled in the speech that the Afrin venture was the start of a major Turkish military campaign against the Kurds in northern Syria and Iraq. It would start next at Manbij and go on to seize Sinjar in northern Iraq. This time, according to our sources, President Donald Trump moved swiftly to beat the Turkish leader to the draw and snatch away his two main targets in Syria and Iraq. He put to good use the good understanding he has quickly developed with French President Emmanuel Macron for cooperating in a number of international arenas, in contrast to his uneasy relations with most other West European leaders.
As for Erdogans Iraq destination, Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi, after being leaned on heavily by the Trump administration, sent the Iraqi Armys 5th Division to Sinjar province and lined his troops up on the Iraqi-Syrian border to obstruct the Turkish armys advance from Syria into Iraq. Erdogan was unable to make good on his threat to seize the Iraqi province unless the Kurdish PKK withdrew from its bases there. President Macron had meanwhile acted to consolidate Trumps plans for the Kurdish districts of Syria. On March 29, he received a delegation of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Syrian Democratic Army, which led the battle for driving ISIS out of Raqqa. After praising their military feats, he pledged French support for the stabilization of their security zone in northeastern Syria within the framework of an inclusive and balanced governance to prevent any resurgence of ISIS. Erdogan vented his rage on Macron by accusing him of fraud and later of conducting a French military invasion of Syria. For daring to offer to mediate between Turkey and the Kurds, he accused the French president of interfering with Turkeys military operations. Instead of answering the Turkish presidents charges, Macron sent French troops to Manbij to support the US militarys counter-offensive against the Turkish armys plans. The Trump administration therefore acted through two allies to frustrate Erdogans military plans for Syria and Iraq.
Turkey is looking for a fight and, when it gets it, the Turks will be very unhappy.
French Kurdish, and American forces versus Turkey and Al Nusra, duking it out in Northern Syria.
If only it were true...
First, it’s Debka.
Second, even if true it makes us wonder why we don’t just attack Turkish armor from the air and settle this.
The Kurds can handle the Turks if we neutralize their armor and air cover. And that’s an easy task for the USAF.
Second, even if true it makes us wonder why we dont just attack Turkish armor from the air and settle this.
Probably because Putin and Rouhani where in Turkey today having a confab with Erdogan.
“Probably because Putin and Rouhani where in Turkey today having a confab with Erdogan.”
It’s not like the 3 of them together could stop us.
If we choose to do it, it’s done.
Nobody can project sufficient power into the theater to prevent us.
And neither Russia or Iran would war against the US to protect Turkey.
Spec. Ops. Troops.... Means that the French have sent the legion-etrangere.
If Russia, Turkey & Iran decide that the US will leave Syria, we will have no choice. They are getting closer to making that decision.
Further explanation: Turkey has never been allied with Russia. If Erdogan feels that’s what is in his (remember the coup attempt against him that most believe NATO was involved with) & Turkey’s interest, a Russian/Turkish alliance would have seismic strategic implications, which the US does not want. Better to leave Syria.
I was wondering if the French spec ops guys were light infantry or legionnaires too. Perhaps with VBLs and AMX-10RCRs or SAGAIEs.
Seriously I think it is a good thing - The Erdogan run Turkey is no longer an ally and Erdogan is a fool who doesn't realize that Putin is waiting for him to burn his boats with the West so putin can come in and grab the dardanelles.
(or is Erdogan the wishbone?
Can't use the image, alas, it's from Getty.
These Spec Ops Frenchmen must be the right tip of the French Population bell curve, eh? :)
I was wondering about a pic of Hitler in military uniform but came across an article showing how many other dictators wore them. The great Turd does no justice to what he is wearing.
article link re:dictators
Ironic that the guy in the turban looks the nicest.
Yes, very rare.
——Turkey has never been allied with Russia-—
To putin, Turkey is just a customer. He just announced the sale of $40 billion nuclear plant. Putin will help Turkey to keep the money and jobs flowing.
The problem is Russia. They are acting in their own interests. They bag Turkey in their sphere and grab all the chips. Where does Iran fit in? They get most of Syria?
Not simple math.
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