Members of Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) stand in front of a wall where a portrait of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is displayed in the border town of Jarablus, Syria, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Reports have emerged about Turkey’s real agenda for northern Syria after a recent Erdogan tour to the Gulf States. According to Al-Monitor, Ankara outlined plans to militarily take Manbij and Raqqa and establish a “safe zone” administered by a “new national army”. Such an army will be created out the merging of rebel groups and will operate under supervision of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Turkey has already been setting up a new police force in the “liberated areas”. Pictures at their headquarters show the rebel flag together with the Turkish one and a portrait of Sultan Erdogan. Videos of the new security forces have emerged, with their officials chanting “Long live Turkey, Long live Erdogan”.

As the Turkish army fights against the Islamic State in northern Syria, rebel supporters have been cheering this move as a “liberation” by the “Free Syrian Army”, even when their contribution in the battle is insignificant (not to say useless in the face of recent setbacks at the Al-Bab front).

Ankara has already proposed the Trump administration a joint US-Turkish ground invasion of in order to take Raqqa, which would risk an open confrontation with the Syrian army or the Kurdish forces (supported by the US at this moment).

It is also in the plans of the Turkish government to repopulate northern Syria with Arab and Turkmen civilians. The later may also include Uighur Muslims, whose migration from China to Syria has been heavily encouraged by the MIT, the Turkish intelligence body.

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This “grand design” would be completed with the construction of “mega-cities” which will be filled with hundreds of thousands of refugees (the first time I heard this idea was from Erdogan himself during a conference in Chile the past year).

Going back in history, in Lebanon we found a precedent for such “divide and colonize” approach: the “South Lebanon Army” (earlier known as the “Free Lebanon Army”), an Israel proxy, who controlled south of the country as a cover for the Israeli expansion and plundering of natural resources, in the midst of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990).

Born in 1976 as a splinter group from the Lebanese Army, the SLA fought against Palestinian militias and their progressive allies in the Lebanese National Movement.

After Israel invaded Lebanon for the first time in 1978, the SLA became a proxy militia at the service of the occupying power, controlling a territory known as the “Security Zone” (a “safe zone”, in our modern-day terminology). It recruited Christian, Shia, and Druze as mercenaries and run concentration camps in coordination with Israel.

This move was seen at the time as an attempt to push for the “Greater Israel” that hardcore Zionists advocated, much as now Erdogan seems to be pushing to create a new “Ottoman Empire”.

After the 1982 invasion, the emerging Islamic resistance movement – Hezbollah – became the SLA’s greatest enemy. Then, a 17-year-long guerrilla warfare spearheaded by Hezbollah and other resistance forces (backed by Syria and Iran) took place, resulting in the expulsion and surrender of SLA mercenaries, and the withdrawal of Israeli army in May 2000. It was the first defeat Israel suffered at the hands of Arab forces in his entire history.

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What this story tells us is that, no matter how strong is the occupying power, their designs for divide and rule are doomed to failure if a strong resistance is build.

The Syrian government will not allow the carving up of their country; local forces will not allow that either. On the other hand, the emergence of an artificial Turkish “statelet” in northern Syria will not please Kurdish organizations – who are also trying to create their so-called “Rojava” as a continuum along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Erdogan’s delusional projects may very well push for closer coordination and cooperation between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces, in an arrangement that could help to speed up the end of this brutal war.


The views of the author do not necessarily reflect those of Al-Masdar News.

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This article is nothing but the whole truth!!!

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Absolutely. The naked truth.

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So do you want Turkey to steal a part of Syria or not? I don’t understand. Last time you wanted Turkey to win…

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Go back to the page and read my comment again.
And read what I answered to Your post.
Read my comment here: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/latest-delusion-sultan-erdogan-protectorate-northern-syria/
My opinion about Sunni Turk neo-Ottomanism is not so good. About Erdogan is very bad. The Ottoman empire made trouble and created bad feelings in South-Eastern-Europe and Anatolia that are remembered until today.

p.s. I studied history at university level and vote down people for bad posts and behavior not for IMHO wrong opinion.

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When Erdogan first joined with Russia to oppose ISIS he proclaimed Syria’s borders must be respected. Now he talks of annexation. Time for talk is over.

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Erdogan plans to create another North Cyprus. This time in Syria. Turkmen are imported already. Kurdish houses are razed already. Erdogan’s bombs drive away the current population already.

Just like the Turks did during their previous ethnic cleansings and genocides.

p.s. Remember Smyrna! The grey wolf fascists are marching.
They hail to the image of Erdogan Pasha the new Sultan.

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According to the fact Erdolf destroyed several major Kurdish cities like Cizre etc, putting about 200k ppl out of their homes, that YPG are already about 50k in Syria, a certain number in Turkey, well, an interesting scenario would be to propose to takfiris from any camp a safe passage by the SDF held zone to the Turkish protectorate… And not by green buses but with their heavy weapons… Then, once Syria mostly freed… Just have YPG rushing into Turkey to help PKK… Well, there might be interesting to make them able to do something like a 1st night of… Read more »
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Takfiri will side with Erdogan?

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You didnt like a Strong Secular restore with values etc “Megali Idea“ , Kurdistan Syrian Hatay but you prefered the destruction of Christian ppl (Greeks Assyrians Armenians ) in Anatolia in favor for a”strong” turkey fron against CCCP back in 20s you stupid ” Great western powers” There you are now

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No. That policy was started by the Entente (colonial nations) after WW I. It started well before US policy of containment against CCCP after 1948.

p.s. The major Entente nations abandoned their Greek allies after WW I, betrayed their Arab allies after WW I and sold Hatay to gain the Turks as neutral/allies in WW II.

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Thumbs down do not chance historical facts. You must like the borders drawn of England and France after WW I. ROFL.

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back in 20s m8 in the begin of Soviet and before USA get into the game for real later aftermath in 1947 Palestine and Mosadeq fall in Iran

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You have a little problem of timing! Genocides happened in 1915. Do you know what happened in western Europe between 1914 and 1918? And we were fighting the -at the time- still powerful Ottoman Empire! The Sèvres treaty was about dividing Turkey. This became void through Mustafa Kemal that created the Turkish state that existed until AKP/Muslim Brotherhood was voted by idiot bigots. Well, ust going out to the WW1 but also from the twice most lethal Spanish flu, considering also that Kemal was far to be a buffoon, actually, he was absolutely atheist and he’d have surely liquidated Erdogan,… Read more »
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Do I have timing problems? Genocides: Armenian and Assyrian during WW II. Another Armenian 1895. A few more during the Balkan wars before. The genocide against Greeks and other smaller Greek orthodox nations such as Laso (English spelling?) mainly after 1918 (Great fire of Smyrna 1922 also killed 100.000 Armenians). Greece fought and stood abandoned. When as You say nobody in France and England wanted to help their WW I ally in the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922. The Greek campaign was launched because the western Allies had promised Greece territorial gains. And the Greek saw themselves as protectors of the… Read more »
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Assad must stay

He mess around like a crazy, Erdogollum:!:

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The so called democrats in the MSM pointed their fingers on Assad’s personality cult. And where are they now?

p.s. All of Erdogan’s recent actions emulate the Germany’s history of the 30’s. The selfcoup followed by an Enabling Act via extended marshal law, the rhetoric against the territorial results of a peace treaty after a previous war. And now Erdogan’s unveiled that he wages a war of conquest.

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“All of Erdogan’s recent actions emulate the Germany’s history of the 30’s.” This. Very much this.

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He once said he considered Adolf’s Germany as an effective way of governing…

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He should asked my father and grandfather first. They were there and said it was not. Tongue out.

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Con ayuda de mercenarios a sueldo y traidores a la nación Siria, Erdogan está imponiendo en lugares ocupados en el norte de Alepo, los Kurdos constantemente denuncian que el ejercito Turco bombardea pueblos fronterizos y ingresan maquinarias al territorio Sirio para derribar hogares y construir caminos, en algunos casos ya están colonizando con ciudadanos Turcos y extranjeros, les comparto el video de Viva a Erdogan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwrnhqThrJs

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Absolutely. The neo-Janissaries hail the neo-Ottoman Sultan Erdogan.

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Turcos en territorio Sirio, Jarabulus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwrnhqThrJs

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Fucking Khazars! Both from IsraHELL and Turkey.

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Yeep, it has became hell since they conceded land for peace and there’s still no peace, thanks to PLO. What a bunch of idiots. Now I’m gonna show you pictures of the Israeli hell, then a series of pictures od ‘Pakesin http://c8.alamy.com/comp/DXFBGY/the-majority-of-the-african-hebrew-israelites-of-jerusalem-community-DXFBGY.jpg http://www.gospelherald.com/data/images/full/16606/negev-desert-red-south-anemone-festival.jpg http://www.solveisraelsproblems.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/israel_mountain_flowers-500×310.jpg http://l450v.alamy.com/450v/a2pm6j/israel-negev-desert-tamarisk-trees-growing-in-the-western-negev-desert-a2pm6j.jpg Nearly looks like France : http://www.aipac.org/-/media/website/news-images/2013/11/flowerwater.jpg http://www.israeli-wine.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Phot-Vineyard-Yatir-Forest.jpg http://www.dittoville.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/making-the-desert-bloom-kumah.org_1.jpg http://hempscience.news/wp-content/uploads/sites/92/2016/05/CarHemp-543×360.jpg Yeeep, they’re making a car built in ganja! Actually, ganja is the best plant to fix the soils. So now, as promised, the paradise from some PLO or Hamas ideal and so is yours, is to make what you seen on previous pictures become… This! This… Read more »
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LOL! You are probably some higher officer from Hasbara unit, my “french” friend.

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I can only read it as a dirty joke.

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What will the SAA and russia do about it and Iran?

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Nothing wrong turks controlling some part of syria it’s better than US coming from thousands of miles away and taken part of it. After allooking Türkey has the longest border with Türkey and it needs to be kept safe. Also Turkey is one looking after 3 millions syrian refugees

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Nothing wrong with Syria getting back Hatay, And it is only normal that Turkey that fueled the Syrian war takes 3 million refugees to compensate Syria. Only abnormal that Turkey sent millions of Syrians to the EC.

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The author forgot the real reason behind Israel’s move in Lebanon : PLO launched the civil war exactly as they tried before in Jordan -before King Hussein killed just about 25k ‘Palestinians’ and then expelled them- in the goal to take over the country. As PLO became in control of south Lebanon, they joyously began to shell daily into Israel, thus triggering the 1978 operation, then the 1982 one. PLO ended being ousted from the country by… SAA and Hezbollah. Ariel Sharon ended confessing that it was actually Israel that created Hezbollah. Arafat being a Sunni intimately linked in an… Read more »
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Yes, yes, usual jew fairy tale.

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BS

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