Turkey has confirmed military strikes against Syrian government and Kurdish forces in Syria and says more is about to come.
The Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that Turkish forces have attacked Kurdish YPG militias in northern Syria, and have demanded that the Kurds withdraw from the airbase that they had recently seized from “moderate” rebels.
Turkey has also confirmed attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in North West Syria.
BREAKING: Turkish official says there will be a ‘massive escalation’ in Syria over next 24 hours.
— The Int’l Spectator (@intlspectator) February 13, 2016
Russia Insider reports:
Ankara claims the attacks (mostly likely shelling, but it’s not 100% clear) were in retaliation for mortar fire from Syrian forces. While this scenario isn’t impossible, most likely Turkey is looking to provoke the Syrians into firing the first shot — then a direct military intervention would be “justified” in the eyes of NATO/The New York Times. Well, Turkey might just get what it wants:
— curdistani (@curdistani) February 13, 2016
For its part, the US has allegedly asked Turkey to stop attacking Kurdish and SAA forces:
#BREAKING U.S. asks Turkey to stop the bombing of the Kurds and the forces of the regime in Syria
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) February 13, 2016
Whether the request is genuine is another story. Russia however, seems to be completely unamused by Ankara’s latest shenanigans. According to sources in Damascus:
Informed regime source: #Russia has decided to close all Syrian-Turkish border crossings by force.
— Shami Rap (@ScotMikey1111) February 13, 2016