As reported in last week’s Trends Journal, the northwest section of Syria, which borders Turkey, has been the scene of increasing warfare between Turkish forces crossing the border to clear out Kurdish fighters and the Syrian military backed by Russia and Iran.

James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, directly accused the Russians of escalating the tension: “This is a dangerous conflict. It needs to be brought to an end. Russia needs to change its policies.”

Hundreds of troops have been killed, and some 900,000 citizens have fled due to the escalating warfare. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised an all-out attack on Syrian government forces if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad does not pull his troops from the Idlib region.
Since last October, Turkey, assisted by an agreement from President Trump to remove American forces from the Northwest region, has sent more than 10,000 troops supported by over 2,000 tanks and military equipment across the border.
Caught in the escalating crossfire are some 500 American troops that are still in Syria, despite President Trump’s declaration to remove all U.S. military personnel.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Mr. Jeffrey’s statement regarding the escalating tensions exemplifies America’s overt militarism, hypocrisy, and propaganda efforts.
 Russia was invited into Syria by its President, Bashar al-Assad. The United States and Turkey are foreign, illegal invaders of a sovereign nation which has posed no threat to either of them, facts ignored by the western media and their governments.

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