Fightings For Kobani Intensify: Turkey Threatens To Conduct 'Cross-border Operation'
09 October 2014
By Markaz Kavkaz
Clashes between have been
intensified between the units of the Ad Dawla al-Islamiyya/Islamic State (IS)
and Kurdish militants in southern Syrian city of Kobani (aka Ayn al-Arab). IS
moved to the village of Sheran on the city’s southern outskirts.
Fightings are also ongoing in the outskirts of the Zorava district, which is
controlled by Kurds from the so-called Yekineyen Parastina Gel/People's
Protection Units (PPS).
According to information distributed in social networks, the IS units are
assaulting Kobani from two sides. More than 300 towns and villages around the
city were left behind by Kurds. More than 130 thousands of Kurds fled to Turkey.
Deserted villages were captured by the IS.
Meanwhile, sources of the IS have reported that additional forces have been
transferred from city of Raqqa for the assault on Kobani.
According to local sources, the US warplanes have conducted air strikes on the
positions of the IS on the outskirts of the city. At least one of the attacks
hit the Kurdish positions. American aircraft mistakenly bombed an advanced
outpost of the PPS.
Turkey, meanwhile, is going to conduct the so-called "cross-border operation" in
Syria. The country’s parliament is intended to give authority to the government
for such an operation.
Previously, the Turkish army deployed several dozen tanks on the border with
Syria. Local media reported that the IS units have allegedly surrounded the tomb
of Shah Suleiman, which is located on the territory of Syria, and guarded by the
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied the report, while threatening to
"expected reaction from Turkey if anything bad happens to its shrine".
It is to be recalled that the IS units have long been located a few hundred
meters from the tomb of Shah Suleiman. IS does not prevent the movement of
Turkish troops across the border and do not take any hostile action against the
Earlier, the Turkish authorities have stated that they would not participate in
military actions against the IS and would not join the so-called coalition,
which was organized by the US with the puppet Arab regimes. However, in the last
few days Ankara began to change the tune and threating to conduct the so-called
"cross-border operation" in Syria.
On September 26, Erdogan held a telephone conversation with Obama. During the
talks, the Turkish President said that Ankara intended to "continue its joint
strategic activities with the United States in the fight against terrorist
organizations in the region, in particular the IS".
However, as the practice teaches, the rhetoric of the Turkish authorities is
often radically different from its actions, and there is no clarity in what
practical steps can be taken by Ankara in connection with the worsening military
situation on the border with Syria.
Meanwhile, Turkish sources report that recently the authorities of the country
have sharply increased activity in arresting the volunteers trying to get to
Syria through Turkey. In this case, the arrests are clearly selective.