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Turkey Does Not Object Cooperation With ISIS... If It Helps Kill Kurds

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Kurdish people protest against the Turkiish government at Hay Hill, Norwich
Kurdish people protest against the Turkiish government at Hay Hill, Norwich
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Turkey's "Peace Spring" operation against the Kurds in northern Syria has shown frightening trends in the developments of the Syrian conflict. During all of last week the international community was witnessing an increase of terrorist cells activities, and Turkey's effects on them. Every new case of terrorist activity contradicts Ankara's claim that it has no links to ISIS.

Thus, on October 10 , Al-Arabiya News Channel reported that the Kurdish self-governments had accused the Turkish armed forces of direct mortar shelling of Jirkin prison, where ISIS terrorists were being held. It's the "house" for terrorists from more than 60 countries. The next day, Alhurra TV network had published information revealing that five ISIS field commanders managed to escape following a mortar shelling by the Turkish side at Nafkour prison in the city of Qamishli.

Sky News Arabia channel on October 12th reported a car-bomb explosion in the city of Hasakah near the prison where ISIS terrorists were held. According to reports, the Turkish claimed aim of this attack was a lie which instead was meant to help the imprisoned terrorists escape.

Such a chain of events is not a coincidence. Turkey's actions accurately point at Ankara's plan to reinforce its "hammerhead" with ISIS terrorists in order to eliminate local residents. The escapees with great pleasure will initiate a massacre of Kurds who had earlier destroyed their former capital in Raqqa, with the help of the US .

Security experts also consider that ISIS' activity is coordinated by Turkish intelligence. For example, a trusted US news publication Foreign Policy article of October 14, confirms that Turks and their proxies helped terrorists to escape and carry out executions of Kurds.

Middle East researcher Tareq al Shami claimed that Turkish intelligence support the Islamic State in Syria by providing logistic, medical support and training.

Ankara's strategy related to ISIS causes serious concerns among researchers. Many agree that Turkey's insane and short-sighted policy can set off a chain reaction which will lead to reincarnation of the Islamic State. As is well- known , Kurdish prisons hold more than 11 thousand ISIS terrorists who are ready to avenge Kurds and Americans who destroyed their hopes for establishing their own state. Moreover, up to 70 thousand wives and children of ISIS fighters , who are held in the notorious Al-Hawl refugee camp, are ready to join jihadist.

This sequence of events can cripple the USA which is withdrawing from Syria, leaving their equipped bases. During this period they are the most vulnerable targets for terrorists . Former US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk in his interview to the Washington Post claimed that Trump "makes impulsive decisions with no knowledge or deliberation" which endangers the USA and their military. Former official has legitimate grounds for fears that US servicemen will be the top-priority target for terrorists.

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Thus, Turkey demonstrates readiness to use any means to reach its goals right up to support for the most dangerous international terrorist organizations. Ankara's inhumane policy, besides resulting in a new wave of terror attacks, will result in mass victims among Syrian citizens and US servicemen. Obviously, Turkey's actions undermine the efforts of the international community in fighting ISIS and devalues the lives of countless victims of this stand-off.

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I'm a Lebanese Middle East researcher of Syrian origin. In 2012, my sister was severely injured after a mortar shell hit our house in Al-Rastan outskirts (Homs province, Syria). Our family had to flee for medical treatment to Lebanon. Since that (more...)
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