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Ankara Plays on Thin Ice As it Masses For Incursion in Syria

Turkey seems to be playing a bullying game with America at the areas in Syria where American troops have been deployed.  This was confirmed by the Pentagon that has warned against new military action in an area of Syria as Turkey ‘appears to be massing for an incursion against American-allied Kurdish forces’ stationed.

Pentagon spokesperson, Navy Cmdr. Sean Robertson expressed America’s displeasure in this fact of interference and intrusion and said, “Unilateral action into northeastern Syria by any party, particularly as U.S. personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern. We would find any such actions unacceptable.”

This statement, political analysts suggests comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Turkey after the NATO member began receiving Russian  S-400 surface-to-air missiles last week from Russia. This act has been seen as an act of defiance after months of U.S. warnings that could result in new sanctions from the administration or from Congress.

Analysts now fear that Turkey might have to face credible threat of a military strike as its only deterrent against U.S. retaliation and that roiling tensions may overwhelm both sides’ ability to prevent conflict.

A research director, with the Institute for the Study of War, Jennifer Cafarella is right is saying that “something is changing,” as she tracks military movements in

Syria. “The Turks are building up forces across the border from two of the key towns that Erdogan has indicated are initial objectives in Syria.”

Also, Erdogan seems to be making moves for multiple reasons.  For one, this is another attempt by him to demonstrate strength for a domestic audience after his party lost a recent election. This week also marks the three-year anniversary of an unsuccessful coup attempt by members of the Turkish military against Erdogan’s government.

Some are calling it a desperate move to find some point of leverage against the US as Turkey knows, America is not going to take Ankara’s act of choosing Russia over America for the S-400s, sitting down.

By U.J.M

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