Turkish special forces have entered Syrian territory in what they say is an operation against the Daesh terrorist group in a Syrian city near the Turkish border.
The Turkish air force and aircraft from a US-led military coalition have pounded targets in and around the Syrian city.
The Turkish officials said the special forces are in Syrian territory to open a passage for Turkish ground forces for a larger-scale incursion into Jarablus. They asserted that the operation is aimed at “clearing Turkish borders of terrorist groups, helping to enhance border security and supporting the territorial integrity of Syria.”
Damascus slams Turkey's military aggression in Syrian territory ~ link ~
Syria has denounced Turkey’s recent military incursion into the Syrian territory, backed by the US-led coalition, saying the offensive violates the Arab country's sovereignty. The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey’s military operation in a statement released on Wednesday, Syrian media reported.
The ministry called for an immediate end to the Turkish "aggression," adding that the operation is being carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism.
"Any party conducting a battle against terrorism on Syrian soil must do so in coordination with the Syrian government and the Syrian army,” the statement read, adding, "Chasing out Daesh and replacing them with terrorist groups backed by Turkey is not fighting terrorism."
The top Turkish diplomat said Ankara believes Daesh should not be able to hold any area under its control. He also promised to help "cleanse" Daesh terrorists from neighboring countries, saying, "We do not want Daesh to exist in Iraq and Syria."
Turkish Army with US air cover enters Syria by force - Russia and Syria previously warned that such troops would be attacked ~ link ~
This is an open act of aggression by NATO ally, Turkey, against a sovereign country - being done with the protection of US military force. It is not yet known what response will be made by either Syria or its ally, Russia, but we are literally just hours away from what may be the outbreak of war between the TURKEY/US/NATO and Russia.
The order has been given: US Forces inside Syria have been told to SHOOT DOWN A RUSSIAN JET within 72 Hours and claim it was "threatening US Forces" in Syria. According to two separate sources inside the Pentagon, it appears the west has grown impatient for war with Russia, so they began laying the groundwork for it over the past few days, claiming Syrian aircraft are bombing too close to US forces. There are now strident public statements by the US that it will "defend its forces in Syria."
These strident public statements are not a warning to Russia, the statements are laying the public paradigm for going to war with Russia.