ANKARA – Ankara has vowed to support the Salafist Free Syrian Army (FSA) against US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, who fight against ISIS and Turkey-backed Salafists.
“Those lands in northern Syria are the lands of the Islamists FSA fighters. These people are on the defensive for their own land; they see Turkey’s support as very crucial. We give them this support and we will continue to give support, too,” said Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık on Sept. 21.
Işık said that their aim was for the jihadist FSA to clear land belonging to its people from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
“Everyone should live in their own region,” Işık said. Forgetting his country’s own occupation of Kurdish land.
Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield on Aug. 24, with its own troops backing the terrorist FSA with the aim of ridding northern Syria, with which Turkey has a long border, of ISIL,a group supported by Turkish government. However, Turkish-led terrorist coalition took over areas controlled by ISIS without firing a shot. Once they reached the Kurdish controlled region they started to attack US-backed Kurdish forces. Local sources in the region told Kurdish Daily News that ISIS and Turkey have just joined their forces to counter Kurdish offensive in western Euphrates.
On Sept. 19, Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said al-Bab was the next target within the scope of the ‘anti-ISIL’ operation that Turkey launched around one month ago.
Al-Bab lies around 30 kilometers away from the Elbeyli district of Turkey’s Kilis province.
Responding to a question with regards to a report that Turkey would deploy its own combatant infantries of the Turkish Land Forces in Syria, Turkey’s pro-jihadist Defense Minister Işık said Turkey would not deploy its own infantry in Syria but would use the Ankara-backed Syrian rebels.
“Our current planning is that we will conduct the operation with fighters of the Free Syrian Army. Thus, we do not plan to join this operation with our own infantries,” Işık said.
Meanwhile, Turkey has around 100 tanks and some thousand soldiers in northern Syria aiding terrorist FSA groups.