U.S. Joins Turkish Forces to Launch Push Against Islamic State in Syria

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Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:44 pm

Slim313shady wrote:Interesting.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cqn-xOzWcAEetKS.jpg
other times, the same event ;)

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Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:55 pm

Does Russia say something about this?

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Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:46 pm

The Turkish offensive has taken the Villages of Al-Haluwaniyah, Tal Shair, Kaklijah, Jarablus Tahtani, and the city of Jarablus.

Source: LiveUAmap


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It is unclear if the force intends to push through the night or not, as night has just fallen.
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Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:30 pm

Oh shit this is happening for real. I thought this was just another turkish movement to piss someone off.

I pretty much skipped threw the thread to look at this picture.
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Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:45 pm

Strap in, because this feels like the precursor to something which could quickly spiral out of control if mismanaged. Also Putin must be pissed about this. This pleases me :D

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Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:03 pm

coldFusionGuy wrote:Strap in, because this feels like the precursor to something which could quickly spiral out of control if mismanaged. Also Putin must be pissed about this. This pleases me :D
iirc russia and turkey were rubbing elbows after the coup what makes you think this offensive isn't in support to a russian counter offensive else where in Syria?

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Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:33 pm

coldFusionGuy wrote:Strap in, because this feels like the precursor to something which could quickly spiral out of control if mismanaged. Also Putin must be pissed about this. This pleases me :D
He may like the distraction though. Things are heating up in Ukraine.

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Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:48 pm

JohnStone wrote:
coldFusionGuy wrote:Strap in, because this feels like the precursor to something which could quickly spiral out of control if mismanaged. Also Putin must be pissed about this. This pleases me :D
He may like the distraction though. Things are heating up in Ukraine.
Agreed. Any distraction that allows part of NATO to be expending energy elsewhere is a benefit to him.
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Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:28 am

Diedrich wrote:
coldFusionGuy wrote:Strap in, because this feels like the precursor to something which could quickly spiral out of control if mismanaged. Also Putin must be pissed about this. This pleases me :D
iirc russia and turkey were rubbing elbows after the coup what makes you think this offensive isn't in support to a russian counter offensive else where in Syria?
I think Erdogan is going to use this to get what he wants from the US. I also think he needs the Russians to not interfere with this, hence why he was rubbing elbows with Putin after the coup. He's playing both countries' leaders like a fiddle.

As far as Putin using this as a distraction, that's entirely possible. It would be the logical move to make as the Russians have the element of surprise. That being said, I would hope the General Staff would recognize this as a diversion. There's also the possibility that the Ukraine is a diversion as well, and that Putin seeks to open a corridor between Belarus and Kaliningrad. That is very unlikely though, because it has the potential for disaster. Then again, who knows what Putin thinks he can get away with?

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