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By Ollie Richardson

As was written in “The Race to Rojava“, the US-backed Kurds intend to capture various towns near the Turkish border in order to establish “Rojavaya Kurdistanê”. This would not only sever the north of Syria from the South, but in conjunction with the “moderate” rebels capturing Aleppo, it would establish Sykes-Picot 2.0 as the new Middle Eastern reality.

Under the banner of “fighting ISIS”, on 24th August 2016, Turkey, accompanied by US airstrikes, crossed the Syrian border with its tanks and headed to the Aleppo Governorate town of Jarablus.

In what has become the popular trend for external nations wishing to claim a slice of the Syrian pie, picking a fight with the weakest force in Syria is the surefire way to usurp the UN Security Council.

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Want to bomb Syria illegally? Just say you are “fighting ISIS”…

Unlike Western nations, who don’t even knock on the Syrian door before entering, Erdogan coordinated his actions with Assad, but will hand Jarablus and surrounding villages over to the green and white “moderates”. In actuality, ISIS possesses no real threat anymore after Russia destroyed its blackmarket oil infrastructure, and are rapidly losing territory in Iraq.

Meanwhile in Aleppo, Al Nusra & Co are trying to trick their adversaries by merging various groups together (video below), which in actuality is close to what Russia has been asking of the US for many months. The latest announcement could see Jabhat Fatah al-Sham merge with Ahrar al-Sham and many other subgroups (al-Zenki, Liwa al-Haqq, Ajnad al-Sham etc). This could mean the assigned trojan horse role of the Free Syrian Army (and also the New Syrian Army) has been updated, and due to blows to their PR (beheading a 12yr old) they are now overtly aligning with Al Qaeda – something Rupert Murdoch knows very well…

As strange as it sounds, it actually suits everybody’s interests if ISIS remains alive to some degree. This enables nations to bomb, shell, or march on Syrian land without getting bogged down in a PR disaster – imagine if the US announced they were bombing ISIS to help Al Qaeda take a town, or if Turkey announced they were cutting off the Kurds by capturing Jarablus… 

For Turkey, they have entered Syria to a chorus of applause, and can now assert their presence whilst exterminating the Kurds – all under the banner of “fighting ISIS”. Russia will be watching very carefully, and will keep in regular contact with the YPG, warning them that any move that could jeopardise the Syrian State will not be tolerated. The next round of peace talks are set to begin once Assad liberates more areas of South Aleppo, but the negotiations this time around will follow a different formula – it won’t be “Assad must go”, but “Aleppo must fall”…

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