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Damascus Demands Turkish Troops Leave Syrian Territory as UN Accuses Ankara of ‘Serious’ Violations

U.N. condemns Turkey as Putin and Erdogan meet in Moscow


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The situation is rapidly deteriorating in northern Syria.

Yesterday we wrote that "Erdogan's obsession with killing Kurds could necessitate a US-Russia alliance."

<figcaption>Cool your jets, Erdogan.</figcaption>
Cool your jets, Erdogan.

Apparently the U.N. feels similarly:

The United Nations (UN) has accused Turkey of committing ‘serious’ violations in the Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, the AFP News Agency reported on Thursday.

This accusation by the U.N. comes just days after the Turkish Armed Forces and their rebel allies attacked both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Turkey has even targeted regions that are now "protected" by Russia:

 

Damascus is now demanding that Turkey withdraw all troops from its territories:

The Syrian government has reportedly complained to the UN about Turkish troops on its territory and has asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to end “Turkish aggression.” It follows a reported attack on the Syrian Army by Turkish forces.

The UNSC should “force Turkey to withdraw its invasion forces from Syrian land and stop the attacks,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said, as cited by the state-run Sana news agency.

To make matters even more confusing, Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow today. According to reports, the meeting was civil and constructive:

With so many parties with conflicting agendas involved in the conflict, the question remains as to whether some sort of cooperation may be forged among everyone interested in defeating IS. Washington denies that it may join forces with Moscow and had refused to invite Russia for an anti-IS coalition meeting which will be held in two weeks in the US, but the meeting of Turkish, US and Russian senior military officers in Turkey may indicate otherwise.

“I am very pleased to remark on something that nobody here probably expected. Our military and special services have established very trusting and efficient contacts,” Putin told the media before the start of the meeting.

We give up. Syria is just a giant, impenetrable cluster-you-know-what.

Let's keep it PG-13, people. (At least sometimes.)

Seriously, though. We're losing our minds.

 


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