The Turkish military has published a new statement that says that the Turkish army has responded to fire coming from the Syrian territory behind the border to the neighbouring country.
According to the statement by the Turkish army, the military has fired at so-called predetermined targets near the Syrian village of Tal-Khalaf, which is located in the southwest of the strategically important Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (sometimes Ras al-Ayn) that were recently captured by Kurdish fighters after intense battles against the Syrian Al Qaeda offshoot (e.g. the “Jabhat al Nusra” / “al Nusra Front”). The battles between the Kurdish fighters and the jihadists of the Syrian Al Qaeda branch in the region of the Syrian border town Ras al-Ain have so far resulted in the death of, at least, 40 people since Tuesday.
The statement, published by the Turkish army, also says that they responded to fire from the Syrian side of the border with machine guns. The statement was issued on Friday by the Turkish General Staff of the military.
The Turkish military has already deployed several military units at the Turkish border with the neighbouring country Syria in the early hours of Friday. Meanwhile, the clashes between the Syrian Kurdish fighters and the Syrian Al Qaeda offshoot, the al-Nusra Front, were continued in the region of the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain (Ras al-Ayn). It is to expect that the clashes between these two armed sides will continue today.
In addition, as already mentioned here, the Turkish military has recently created the impression that it supports the Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in the battles of these jihadists and Islamists against the Kurdish fighter groups. This would be no real surprise. Thus, it is probably to assume that the Turkish army has fired on a group of Kurdish fighters on Syrian soil, near the Syrian village of Tal-Khalaf.
The allegation that the Turkish army unit has just responded to fire from Syrian territory behind the border is neither to confirm or to reject, but under consideration of the events taking place since some days in the region of the strategically important Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain (Ras al-Ayn), it is, at least, to assume that the Turkish military has fired on Syrian soil in support of the Syrian Al Qaeda offshoot (al-Nusra Front / Jabhat al Nusra) to help them in their clashes against the Kurdish fighters in the region.
In terms of the policies of the Turkish government under Prime Minister Erdogan, the support of Al Qaeda-linked groups against Kurdish fighters would be no real surprise.
According to the reports about the events on Syrian and Turkish soil near the border, the Turkish military has also scrambled F-16 fighter jets and unmanned aerial vehicles from south-eastern Turkey for patrolling over the border to Syria.
As stated, the intense battles between the Kurdish fighters and the Syrian Al Qaeda offshoot (e.g. al Nusra Front) continue in northern Syria in the region of the Syrian border town of RAs al-Ain, while the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, known for his innate megalomania, already threatened that Turkey would respond immediately to any kind of incident on the border with Syria.
“From now on, Turkey will give the necessary response to any threat regardless of whatever group it comes from”, so the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently. This probably means that they will attack the Syrian and Kurdish groups while they try to support the al Nusra Front in their attempts to establish an Islamist state within Syrian borders. At least, it would be no surprise when the Turkish Erdogan regime supports Islamists in clashes against Kurdish fighter groups.
“Police in Turkey have attacked Kurdish demonstrators celebrating the capture of the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain by Kurdish fighters after days of clashes with anti-Damascus militants.”