The Turkish military supported by warplanes from the US-led coalition launched an operation at 4am on August 24 to clear the town of Jarablus, in Northern Syria, from Islamic State militants, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.This is insanity. Correct me if I'm wrong (and I probably am) but the score card looks like this now.
Turkish artillery and warplanes are pounding Islamic State positions in the town but it is not clear whether land forces have crossed the border. Local news channel NTV, however, reported that units from Turkish special forces are now in Northern Syria.
The operation is aimed at clearing the Turkish borders of terrorist groups, helping to enhance border security and supporting the territorial integrity of Syria, Turkish officials told Anadolu Agency. By sweeping Islamic State from the border, Ankara and Washington hope to cut off the extremist group’s vital supply routes.
The military operation was launched after a number of mortar bombs fired from IS-controlled Jarablus landed in the Turkish town of Karkamis on August 23. There were no reported casualties but the local authorities ordered residents to evacuate the town.
* Russia is supporting Assad.
* Iran is supporting Assad.
* Turkey is ok with Assad.
* Russia is fighting ISIS.
* Turkey is fighting ISIS.
* Iran is fighting ISIS.
* Kurds are fighting Assad.
* Kurds are fighting ISIS.
* Moderate terrorists are fighting Kurds.
* Moderate terrorists are fighting Assad/Russia/Iran
* US is supporting Turkey.
* US is supporting moderate terrorists.
* US is supporting Kurds?
This whole thing is now jumbled. Turkey is going after the Kurds. No one doubts that. The US is supporting Turkey. Our Special Ops people are on the ground with the Kurds.
This whole thing is fucked beyond recognition.
Side Note: Does anyone have a legit flow chart of this mess? I seriously can't keep track of this thing! Save your drama...I know I screwed up the "who's fighting who"!