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Syrian Airstrike Hits Turkish Convoy, Alleged To Be Delivering Ordinance To Terrorists In Idlib

[Kurds Invite Syrian Army To Manbij, Between Them and Turkish Army–12/29/2018]

Turkey fuming after Syrian airstrike on convoy in Islamist-held Idlib province

Turkey fuming after Syrian airstrike on convoy in Islamist-held Idlib province

The Turkish Defense Ministry has condemned Syria for attacking its convoy in the Syrian province of Idlib. Damascus said the vehicles were transporting weapons and ammo to “terrorist forces.”

Ankara said three people were killed and 12 others injured on Monday after the Syrian airstrike, which targeted a Turkish military convoy travelling between two observation points in northern Syria. The statement said all victims were civilians, without explaining how they were involved in a military operation.

Ankara said the attack violated the agreement between Russia, Turkey and Iran, which paved the way to a relative de-escalation in the protracted war in Syria, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

ALSO ON RT.COMRussian Air Force targets militants in Syria’s Idlib at request of Turkish military

 

Idlib province is the last major part of Syria largely controlled by various armed groups, some of them hardcore jihadists. On request from Russia, the Syrian government agreed not to use force to retake the region to avoid casualties among civilians, who have blood ties with Turkey.

Ankara is supposed to prevent hostilities from reigniting, with a series of observation posts spread along the provincial border to monitor the situation. The plan however never fully worked, with regular flare-ups happening between various armed groups and the Syrian Arab Army.

The nature of the attacked convoy is perceived differently by the Syrian side, however. The Syrian news agency SANA said it was carrying weapons and ammunition to “terrorist forces” in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. It’s located in the southern part of Idlib province on a highway connecting the cities of Aleppo and Hama.

ALSO ON RT.COMSyrian army resumes military operations against rebels in Idlib

 

Lately there has been heavy fighting near Khan Sheikhoun between Damascus forces and the group controlling the city, predominantly the Islamist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTC), formerly known as Nusra Front.

 

Gibraltar Ignores US Demands To Re-Seize Iranian Tanker GRACE1, Renamed ADRIAN DARYA1

[GRACE1, renamed ADRIAN DARYA1, sails away from Gibraltar.]

Position Received: 3 minutes ago (2019-08-19 21:45 (UTC)
(5:45 p.m. Eastern Standard)
Vessel’s Local Time: 2019-08-19 22:45 (UTC +1)
Latitude / Longitude: 36.22187° / -2.274448°

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Latitude / Longitude: 36.05969° / -3.960223°

Gibraltar rejects US pressure; lets Iranian oil tanker set sail

An Iranian supertanker left Gibraltar late Sunday after the territory rejected a U.S. request to continue holding the ship in a detention on suspicion of attempting to breach global sanctions against Syria.

The tanker set sail late Sunday, according to a marine traffic monitoring site and Gibraltar news outlets. The Gibraltar government, in a statement, cited differences between the sanctions authorized by the United States and those of the European Union.

“The European sanctions regime against Iran, which is applicable in Gibraltar, is much narrower than that applicable in the U.S.,” said the statement from Gibraltar, a British territory.

Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the ship could depart within hours after the rejection was announced. Tehran said it was ready to dispatch a fleet to escort the tanker if necessary.

“The era of hit and run is over,” said Iran’s navy commander, Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi.

The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request from USA TODAY for comment.

The ship, containing more than 2 million gallons of Iranian light crude oil, was seized July 4 in a British Royal Navy operation off the coast of Gibraltar. The seizure aggravated fears of a conflict in the Persian Gulf, where Iran claims control of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments.

After Gibraltar’s detention of the Iranian tanker, then known as Grace 1, Iran seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz. The Islamic Republic is still holding the British vessel, claiming it failed to stop after colliding with an Iranian fishing boat.

Dispute deepens: U.S. issues warrant to seize Iran oil tanker ‘Grace 1’ after Gibraltar judge orders its release

Iran has seized other foreign oil tankers in recent months – and downed a U.S. surveillance drone, raising the ire of President Donald Trump.

Iran denies the Grace 1 was headed to Syria and accused the British of “maritime piracy.” A court in Gibraltar ordered the tanker released Thursday, setting off a flurry of diplomatic and legal efforts to keep the ship from leaving.

On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant to seize the tanker for forfeiture, claiming the Iranians illegally used the U.S. banking system to finance the shipment of oil to Syria.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also warned mariners against signing on to ships linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or others under U.S. sanctions.

“The maritime community should be aware that the U.S. government intends to revoke visas held by members of such crews,” Pompeo said.

Tanker seized: Iran seizes another foreign oil tanker, state media says

The Gibraltar government noted that the Revolutionary Guard is not a designated foreign terrorist organization in Gibraltar, the U.K. or in most of the EU generally, unlike in the U.S.

The weeks-long diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Washington comes amid a standoff between the two countries after Trump withdrew from an international nuclear accord with Tehran and reimposed sanctions.

Tensions in the Persian Gulf have been on the rise since. Some European leaders have been unwilling to follow the U.S. lead in attempting to isolate the Persian nation.

Contributing: Kim Hjelmgaard and Kristin Lam, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

US Finally Finagles Illegal “Free Zone” In N. Syria By Conspiring w/Turks Against Kurdish Militias

[SEE: United Nations warns Turkey against calling buffer a ‘safe zone’; US Vetoes “No Fly Zone” In Erdogan’s Syrian Safe Area ]

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Syria Warns US-Turkey “Safe Zone” Deal Is a Plot for “Expansionist Ambitions”

Under the guise of protecting its borders against aggression from YPG/SDF, Turkey is reviving it’s “Ottoman Sultanate” plans

After three days of intense negotiations in Ankara, US and Turkish officials reached an agreement on Wednesday to create a joint operations center and set up a safe zone east of the Euphrates in north eastern Syria. Deal details have not yet been disclosed.

This last minute deal between Washington and Ankara is in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement on Sunday that Turkey was prepared to carry out a unilateral cross-border operation to push back Kurdish militias on the Syrian Turkish border east of the Euphrates river, if the Washington didn’t cut ties with the Kurdish militias and create a safe zone in northern Syria.

The two NATO allies agreed that the Turkish based joint operations center would be created as soon as possible to address Turkey’s security concerns.  The safe zone would become a “peace corridor”, and efforts would be made so that Syrian refugees could return home.

However, wanting peace is just a front for Erdogan’s true motives. The Syrian government categoricallyrejects the deal as a blatant attack on Syria’s territorial sovereignty and warns of Erdogan’s real reasons for establishing a so-called safe-zone on Syrian soil.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said

“The agreement constitutes a partnership between the US and Turkey over aggression against Syria that would serve the interest of the Israeli occupation entity. It also reflects how evasive and misleading the policies of the Turkish regime are.”

On Thursday an official Syrian source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told SANA

“Syria expresses categorical rejection of the agreement announced by the US and Turkish occupations on establishing the so-called [safe zone] which constitutes a blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and a flagrant violation of the principles of international law and the UN Charter.”

Turkey is using the excuse of protecting its borders against the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who Turkey views as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), to fulfill its long-term mission of expanding its territory by invading and balkanizing its sovereign neighbor.

Many nations including the United States, who designated the PKK as a terrorist group in 1997, and Turkey who has been in conflict with the PKK since their inception in 1984, consider them to be a terrorist organization.

Another Turkish goal is to replace the indigenous diverse ethnic population in northern Syrian with extremists that are sympathetic to Erdogan, like we have seen in Afrin and other towns on Turkey’s border in northern Syria.

Erdogan’s plans for invasion and annexation will put Christian minorities in danger, some of whom can trace their lineage back to the original inhabitants of this land. However, Kurdish militias have also targeted them by using forced conscription and other Daesh-like intimidation tactics. The Kurdish Connection: Israel, ISIS And U.S. Efforts To Destabilize Iran explains more about how Kurdish militias have been used by the US to achieve their own objectives in the Middle East.

statement issued by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states

“This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Turkish partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Turkish regime.”

“Syria calls on the Arab people to be aware of the dangers of the expansionist ambitions of the Turkish regime which is spreading the killing and chaos in different parts of the Arab world from Syria to Libya and the Sudan and it will not stop till it will satisfy its illusions on reviving the Ottoman Sultanate,” the source said.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative concluded by saying that

“Syria calls on the international community and the UN to condemn the US-Turkish flagrant aggression which constitutes a dangerous escalation and poses a threat to peace and security in the region and the world and hinders all positive efforts for finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.”

All the major players involved in the proxy war in Syria, including Turkey, Russia, and Iran want the US to leave, except of course the US-backed Kurdish SDF which are just a rebranding of the YPG.

US President Donald Trump has expressed interest multiple times in a swift troop withdrawal, and to let the local regional players figure things out. However, the war hawks surrounding him in Washington, along with the Pentagon have derailed his plans since last December. They have stressed that US interests need to be protected by having a long-term presence in the oil-rich, agriculturally rich, breadbasket of Syria, to keep an eye on Iran while protecting their ally, Israel.

As I have stated previously establishing an independent Kurdish state in Syria is just part of the decades-long Israeli-American plan to weaken and divide all the nations neighboring Israel.

Although it might seem like Russia has been uncharacteristically quiet this week regarding the latest developments with Turkey and the US in north eastern Syria, Russia has consistently stood by the Syrian government’s right to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Whether its occupation and annexation by the Kurds or Turks, Kurdification or Turkification, the Syrian government and military categorically reject any infringement on their land, and have adamantly stated they will take back every inch of Syrian territory from terrorists or occupiers.

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Sarah Abed is an independent journalist and political commentator. For media inquiries please email sarah@sarahabed.com.