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Issue #1659      October 8, 2014

Syria warns Turkey

Syria warned Turkey last week that deploying troops inside its borders would be seen as “aggression” and urged the international community to “put limits to the adventures” of the Turkish leadership. The warning followed the Ankara parliament’s provocative decision to authorise military incursions into Syria and Iraq.

The Foreign Ministry in Damascus called the decision “an aggression against a founding member of the United Nations.” Turkey has collaborated with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the jihadi groups they arm and finance in attempts to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power.

The Turkish decision dovetails with Washington’s assembly of a coalition to launch air strikes in Syria — ostensibly against Islamic State (ISIS). Combining air power and Turkish ground troops could be intended to impose a pro-imperialist regime in Syria, to the disadvantage of the Assad government and the country’s Kurdish minority.

Kurdish YPG self-defence units battled ISIS fighters to the east and south-east of border town Kobane. The town and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. The assault, which has forced over 160,000 Syrians to flee, has left Kurdish fighters scrambling to repel the militants’ advance into the outskirts of Kobane.

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