The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria

The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria


October 13, 2019

The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has finally brought some much-needed media attention on the U.S. military presence in the war-torn country. The media reports, however, all fail to explain why U.S. troops are in Syria in the first place and the purpose of their presence. It is impossible to make sense of the current developments without understanding the reason for the U.S. military presence in Kurdish-occupied Syria.

As the diagram below shows, Kurds make up about 8 percent of the Syrian population; in Turkey, the Kurds are 18 percent:

With U.S. military support, the Kurds now control the Syrian territory East of the Euphrates River, about one-quarter of Syria.

Why has the U.S. military helped the Kurdish minority gain control of the Eastern quarter of Syria?  What is the U.S. national interest in having U.S. troops occupy part of Syria?

The cover story for the U.S. presence in Syria is that it is meant to fight “Islamic State” (ISIS or ISIL) but if that were truly the case, why has the U.S. sided with Kurdish separatists rather than the government of Syria?  And why has the U.S. repeatedly attacked Syrian government troops waging war on ISIS?

The reason U.S. troops have helped the Kurds seize a quarter of the country is because the policy being pursued is a covert policy to support the non-Arab Kurds to fragment Syria along ethnic lines.  There is certainly no U.S. national interest in this policy.  It is actually an Israeli strategy called the Yinon Plan, which was crafted in 1982 by an Israeli advisor to Ariel Sharon.  The first targets of the Yinon Plan were Iraq and Syria.  The first goal of the Yinon Plan was to destroy the military of these nations; the second goal was to fragment them along ethnic and religious lines.  This is exactly what happened to both nations as a result of the U.S.-Israeli intervention.

This is the subject of my book, The War on Terror:  The Plot to Rule the Middle East.

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President Trump pulled a few dozen troops out of the area before the Turkish-led forces invaded although others remained near Kobane, which is a Syrian city on the border with Turkey.  These U.S. troops in Kobane were fired upon during the invasion.  To remove U.S. troops was the correct thing to do because the war between the Turks and the Kurds is not our fight.  The U.S. military presence in Syria is neither legal nor in our national interest so pulling out from Syria completely would be the best thing to do.

The Turkish president Recep Ergogan, an Islamist politician, has now started a real war with the Kurds and is planning to send millions of Syrian refugees back to the 20-mile wide buffer zone he says he will create inside Syria.  The Kurds are saying that the U.S. has betrayed them and are hoping to get support from Damascus and Russia.  The Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has offered aid to the Kurds but they will need more than that to turn back the Turkish invasion.

The Kurdish situation is reminiscent of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the plight of the Assyrians after the First World War, after they had joined forces with the British military against the Ottoman Empire. The U.S. involvement in Syria began with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.  The Obama-Clinton effort began with the C.I.A. getting $1 billion to create anti-government forces to overthrow the Assad government in Damascus.  This policy was put into effect because it was seen as the best way to “help Israel”, according to an email leaked from Hillary Clinton’s account. What we are seeing now are the disastrous results of having pursued a criminal policy to aid the state of Israel, a nation that has used terrorism since its creation in the 1940s.  

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