|Fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG), ride on a pick-up truck during what they said was an offensive against Islamic State militants south of Kobani, Syria December 26, 2015|
One more thought! It's been reported that wages were cut by ISIS for Syrian 'fighters' so mercs were leaving, maybe for Libya? Making it easier for PKK to 'fight' ISIS in Syria, no doubt. Funny how that worked out?
The powerful Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and its local allies have drawn up plans for amajor attack to seize the final stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border held by Islamic State fighters, a YPG source familiar with the plan said on Thursday.
Such an offensive could deprive Islamic State fighters of a logistical route that has been used by the group to bring in supplies and foreign recruits.
But it could lead to confrontation with Turkey, which is fighting against its own Kurdish insurgents and sees the Syrian Kurds as an enemy.
After a year of military gains aided by U.S.-led air strikes, the Kurds and their allies already control the entire length of Syria's northeastern Turkish frontier from Iraq to the banks of the Euphrates river, which crosses the border west of the town of Kobani.
But Turkey says it will not allow the Syrian Kurds to move west of the Euphrates.
The source confirmed a report on Kurdish news website Xeber24 which cited a senior YPG leader saying the plan includes crossing the Euphrates to attack the Islamic State-held towns of Jarablus and Manbij, in addition to Azaz, which is held by other insurgent groups.
The source did not give a planned date, but said a January 29 date mentioned in the Xeber24 report might not be accurate.
The YPG has been the most important partner on the ground of a U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State, and is a major component of an alliance formed last year called the Syria Democratic Forces, which also includes Arab and other armed groups. The alliance is quietly backed by Washington, even as its NATO ally in the region, Turkey, is hostile.
Ankara fears further expansion by the YPG will fuel separatist sentiment among its own Kurdish minority. (there was no separatist sentiment- approximately 50 percent of the Kurds voted for Erdogan) It (Turkey) views the Syrian Kurdish PYD as a terrorist group because of its affiliation to Turkish Kurdish militants.
The United States and Turkey have for months been discussing a joint military plan to drive Islamic State from the border, but there has been little sign of it on the ground.
July of last year Turkey: Creating "Safe Zones", Fighting for it's Survival, Turkey's letter to UN
"Washington doesn't want a safe zone- And their 'fight' against ISIS has been a cover all along for the Kurdish/Israeli land grab. Turkey wants the safe zone because the leadership of Turkey understand exactly where that Kurdish land grab will lead.. To the destabilization and destruction of Turkey"
|Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov|
"There is an agreement in principle between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry, and now we will propose to all the other participants of the international Syria support group a time and place -- Munich, February 11," state news agency TASS quoted deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying.
Advisor to the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ali Akbar Velayati said that the Zionist regime policy is to based on disintegrating Islamic countries of the region by sowing discord among them.
He made the remarks in a short interview with Turkish newspaper Aydinlik.
On the sidelines of an international conference dubbed on dangers of Takfiri groups in today's world, Velayati in reply to a question asked by Aydinlik correspondent concerning statement of the Israeli justice minister on establishment of a independent Kurdish government between Iran and Turkey, said that the regime will not reach this goal at all.River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian
Velayati said that the aim of the Zionist regime is to establish a second or even a third Israel in the region and added that the aim of imperialists and the Zionists is partition the whole region.
He added 'Turkey is an important Islamic country, and we are opposed to disintegration of Turkey and they do not allow such an event to happen and we are all duty-bound to defend Turkey's territorial integrity.'