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Turkey Invasion Kills Future Syria party Head but Boomerangs: US/EU/Arab Sanctions +Damas-Kurds Deal

Written by ACM
Κυριακή, 13 Οκτώβριος 2019
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A "Dreamer" was Killed, but her Dream may, perhaps, Become Reality, after Turkey's Military Invasion of Syrian Kurdish Region appears to have BackFired, triggering "Boumerang" Reactions from Europe, USA, and Arab Ligue, the Syrian Government itself, etc, since the Brutal Killings of Civilian People, including "Future Syria" party SG, Hevrin Khalef, and ISIS Deadly Terorists-linked Prisoners' first Escapes from Syrian Kurdish Camps.

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 PanEuropean CoE was the 1st to React on Saturday from Strasbourg, followed by an "Arab League'"s Foreign Ministers' strongly worded Communiqué from Cairo also Yesterday, various Critical USA Political Statements until Now, and a Crystal-clear Franco-German Leaders' position this Sunday, Day of a landmark Damas - Kurds Deal to Protect Syrian Borders facing Turkey,

 

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just after a Convoy of Civilians and Journalists at the Syrian Kurdish Region was Bombed by Turkey's Forces, making 10 to 14 more Killed, according to French a.o. Medias, earlier Today.

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Hevrin Khalef, the Young Woman, 35 y.o., Leader of the New, 2018-Founded, "Future Syria" Party, was Murdered by Turkish Forces, who Ambushed, Attacked and Killed also her Driver and other persons, after Stopping her convoy at the Central Highway of the Syrian Kurdish Region "M4".  

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- She was "Working to Unite Arabs, Christians and Kurds in North-Eastern Syria", stressed Brett McGurk, USA's Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS" Deadly Islamist Terrorists, also under President Trump, (until 12/2018, when he Resigned, precisely because he Disagreed on the Withdrawal of US Forces cooperating with that Syrian Kurdish Region).

 - "We, as the Future Syria Party, will ... interact... with the People to restore the spirit of Tolerance... We will reach out to All Political Forces, after Defeating ISIS, to find a political Solution to solve the Syrian Crisis", she had, indeed, Announced on 2019.


 

   Thus, Hevrin Khalef's socio-Political Horizon, Topicaly reminds, inter alia, also French President Emmanuel Macron's Recent Call for All People, of "Different Confessions", to Unite Together, in Civil Society, in order to Fight Against that "Hydra of Islamist" Radicalisation, as he stressed after a Deadly Attack at French Police's HQ in Paris., by an Infiltrated Extremist, who Cowardly attacked with a Knife and Killed his Collegues inside their Offices, during Lunchtime, before being Stopped by the Gun of a New Recrue.

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   The Brutal Murder of that Top Syrian Kurdish Politician, who was also Member of the Governance for the "Syrian Democratic Council", and the "Syrian Democratic Forces", was announced almost at the Same Day that Many News had surfaced about Various Horrible Incidents of more than 40 Civilian People having being Killed, during the First Days, (and much more Wounded) by the Invading Turkish Forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights NGO, (London),  by several "Field Executions", "Snipers" fire, "Targeting", "Gunshot/GunFire", etc, in Addition to many cases of "Rocket Shelling", Airplane "Bombing", etc. Victims reportedly include also other "Women", "Elders", "Children", "Female Child", etc. (+ See Also Infra, for Fresh, UpDated News).

 

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+ Moreover, the Turkish Military Invasion with several Bombings, provoked Panic forcing the Evacuation of a Major Hospital, managed by "Doctors without Borders" NGO, at Tel Abyad, soon Followed also by the Evacuation of anOther Hospital at the Neighbouring Ras al-Ain city. Later on, it's also 2 Kurdish Red Crescent Ambulances which were Hijacked, on their way to Gire Spi. Meanwhile, it's even Clean Water, Popular Infrastructures, which were, reportedly Damaged by the Turkish Bombarment in that Syrian Kurdish Region, according to OCHA, the UNO's Humanitarian body, particularly in the Hassakeh area. So that 191.000 Refugees had been Displaced to Raqqa and Hassakah Districts, Away from the Turkish Borders, according to TASS and Al HadathTV.

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   ++ In Parallel, an ISIS' Bomb Attack exploded a Car in Quamishli City, Killing 4 Civilian People, while Turkish Army's Shelling Killed many other Civilians there, including 3 Children, according to the Syrian Press Agency SANA, almost at the Same Time that the Turkish Army Bombarded even a Prison for ISIS' Islamist Terrorists there, and some of Attempted to Escape, while 4 or 5 reportedly managed to do so. Later on, it's also Near Ain Issa City, that anOther Series of Turkish Air Attacks around a Camp for ISIS' Terrorists' Parents, that Many (reportedly almost 700) Inmates managed to Escape, while that Facility, allegedly Damaged, was Afterwards Closed.

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=> It's in such Conditions that, Yesterday, on Saturday, 12 October 2019,  COE's PanEuropean Assembly's President, Liliane Maury-Pasquier, a Socialist MEP from Switzerland, launched a "Call on Turkey to put an End to a Military operation that has Already produced Serious Humanitarian Consequences, and represents a real Danger of Violation of International Standards for the protection of Human rights", as she Warned.

+ At the same time, Pasquier Also reminded all CoE Member States' (i.e. including Turkey) Obligation, whenever involved in Military Operations, to "take all necessary Precautions to Avoid Harm to the thousands of Civilians who are Trapped in the Middle of Air Strikes and Ground Fighting, in accordance with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law". As well as to Respect "the Sovereignty, independence, Unity and Territorial Integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic", according to "the Positions .. contained in Resolution 2298 (2019) about "the situation in Syria".

Significantly, that CoE's Helsinki Resolution, of May 2019, drafted by Experienced former Foreign Minister and President of PACE's Political Affairs Committee, MEP Dora Bakoyannis, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from Greece, Focuses on Human Rights and  Sovereignity/Territorial Integrity of Syria, as well as on Conflict Resolution and mechanisms for Political Transition towards a Democratic, Post-War Syria.    

    ++ Meanwhile, just a Day Earlier, 47-Member States strong (including Russia) CoE's Assembly Rapporteur on Islamist Terrorist ISIS' "Foreign Fighters and their Families' Returning from Syria ... to COE's Member States", a ChristianDmocrat/EPP Dutch MEP, Pieter Omtzigt, reacting to the Withdrawal of US Military Forces from Northern Syria, and the subsequent Military Incursion by Turkish Forces,

=> Clearly stressed that "the Turkish Military Incursion into northern Syria should be Halted, and in No circumstances should it be allowed to Jeopardise the Continued Detention of ISIS  Combatants", which is "Currently Assured By the Syrian Democratic Forces (of Syrian Kurds) that Turkey is Attacking,”    

- Because, "If these detainees Escape, they represent a Serious Threat to regional and International security". In partcular, at least 4,000 are from CoE member States (47, including Russia), and they would pose a Grave Danger to our societies, should they Escape and Return Unsupervised.”, Omtzigt Warned.

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++ Meanwhile, speaking to CIS (Former USSR) Heads of State/Government, that Same Day, (October 11), at Ashgabat, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Warned about "a New Threat" Following Turkey's Military Intervention in Syria's Kurdish Region, according to TASS Press Agency :

 - ""=There are areas in Northern Syria where ISIS had active Militants. Kurdish units used to keep an Eye on those Areas, but now that Turkish troops are Entering the Region, they [ISIS' Militants] May just Flee Away", Because "I'm Not Sure that the Turkish army will be able to take Control of the situation, and Wuickly," Putin criticially observed.

- Indeed, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff, there are Hundreds if not Thousands of Militants in the Area. "If we talk about CIS Countries, it is a real Threat to us all. Where will they [the Militants] go ? Will they go Deeper into Syria, to Areas that No one Controls, and then Move to other ountries of the region via Iran? We should ...muster our Intelligence Resources to Thwart this New Threat," Putin Urged, addressing CIS' Leaders.

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However, Surprisingly, one of the Strongest-worded Reactions to Turkey's Military Invasion a Syria's Kurdish Region, was, UnExpectedly, that of the "Arab League", convoked for an Exceptional Foreign Ministerial Summit, in Cairo, Egypt, and Chaired by Iraq, on Saturday, October 12, 2019 :

- Clearly Denouncing the Turkish "INVASION of an Arab State's Land, and ...AGGRESSION OF its SOVEREIGNITY", which raises also "a Direct THREAT" to Arab National Security", (Comp. Supra, f.ex., among others, also on ISIS-related Issues, etc), the Arab League's Foreign Ministers urge also UNO's Security Council to add its own Pressure towards "ENDING the AGGRESSION, and (for) the IMMEDIATE and UNCONDITIONAL WITHDRAWAL OF TURKEY from ALL of SYRIA's LAND", (i.e. Also from Afrin's District : Comp. ..., etc).

    => For that Purpose, the Arab League considers to undertake various Diplomatic and Economic "Measures" against Turkey, including on the Investment, Cultural and Tourism sectors, Even "Military Cooperation to Confront the Turkish Aggression", according to an official Statement.

    Only Qatar and Somalia expressed some "Reservations", (Both given their Special Relation to Turkey, which supports the 1st with its Army, and the 2nd by some Money, while the Qataris have been, Notoriously, Accused -even by the USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt- Recently, to be Linked with Islamist Radicals/Extremists).

    On the Contrary, Both Iraq and Lebanon asked on 2019 for the Arab League to Give Back to Syria its Membership, Suspended on 2011, (which would Require certain Measures from Damas).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    => Turkey's Reaction to the above-mentioned, Strong Decision adopted by the Arab League was quite Comic, since Ankara claimed to Unilaterally ..."Condemn" (sic !) Alone, the Arab Countries' Collective stance...

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 Meanwhile, in the USA, things appeared to be Evolving too, in one way or another, particularly on this Sunday :

 - F.ex., at the Pentagon, USA's Defence Chief, Mark Esper, inter alia, said that Turkey may have Nowadays already committed' also "War Crimes", and, at any case, he was "Greatly Disapointed" by Turkey's Behavior, Denounced the Latest Developments on the spot (Comp. Supra) as "Terrible", and Stressed that "We Condemn this". In fact, "the US is Not Allowing this". It's "Turkey (who) Committed this Action : They (Ankara) decide to make an Incursion in Northern Syria, Despite Our Protestations, our Urgings Not to do it, all of 0ur Warnings", he Criticized.

However, Esper's View appeared somehow Obnubilated by the Fact that Turkey would already have concentrated, near the Disputed Region, more than "15.000 Soldiers", as he said. But, apparently, he Forgot that the Turkish Army has Not had any Experience of Real War, during a whole ...Century, since the Armenian Genocide, followed by that of Greeks in Asia Minor on 1922, after Trotsky's Opportunism signed a strange Treaty with the Turks Abandoning them a lot of Land, in order to throw them against Western Europe as eternal Trouble-Makers, and, even then, they had Only Faced the Small Modern Greece alone, (which, however, had just managed to arrive with its Army at just 40 km. from Ankara on 1921 !)... Moreover, Recently, since that strange, ...Hours-long "Coup" Attempt of 2016, the Turkish Army has notoriously Suffered a lot of Internal Upheavals, Desorganisation, Demoralisation, Divisions, Lack of Experienced Officers, etc., by many "Waves" of Mass Oppression, (Dismissals, Arrests, Imprisonments, Prosecutions, Condemnations, Humiliations, Threats, Departures, Refuge-Seeking Abroad, etc), that what remains from the Turkish Army, could Hardly be efficient at all, Nowadays, but rather a Fake "Paper-Tiger"...

=> At any case, US President Don Trump, on Sunday, Focused mainly on what he called a "Great Consensus" (with US Congress and Others) for "SANCTIONS" on Turkey, Calling, on his "Twitter" account, to "Stay Tuned" for Imminent relevant Developments.

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>>>Indeed, he seems to have given, at this point, a Prominent Role particularly to his faithful Chief of Finances, Steven Mnuchin, (Comp. Mnuchin's Reply to an "Eurofora"s Question at 2017 "G20" Summit on anOther Issue, at: ..., etc), who had Already spoken, a few Days ago, about an "Executive Order" giving Power to Enact serious "Sanctions" v. Turkey, and Declared, Now, to be "Ready to Move, at Any Moment !"

- USA's Red Lines, concerning Turkey's Military Attack in the Syrian Kurdish Region, at the Country's North-Eastern area, are Mainly against "Targetting Civilians", and/or "Civilian Infrastructures" (as f.ex. Hospitals/Ambulances, Clean Water, etc.: See Above), "Religious or other Minorities", etc., as well as, for Security reasons, "Not Even 1 ISIS' Fighter to Escape !", he explained.

- Replying this Sunday to Press Questions about such a "Rapidly Evolving Situation", Mnuchin ensured, in particular, that "We’re Ready to go at a Moment’s notice, to put on Sanctions" : "“We have Warned the Turks… They Know What we will Do, If They doN’t Stop" :

- "These Sanctions could be Starting Small, they Could be Maximum Pressure, which would Destroy the Turkish Economy", USA's Finance Chief Warned.

A Cooperaton with US Congress on "Crippling Sanctions" against Turkey's "Outrageous Aggression/War Crimes in Syria", was a "Good Decision" by US President Trump, appreciated the otherwise Critical Senator Lindsey Graham, while Mnuchin's plan reportedly included Sanctions against Intividuals or Entities working with the Turkish Government, and "could go as far as shutting down all U.S. Dollar Transactions with the Turkish Government", according to "ABCNews".

+ In a Parallel Move, Senators Graham and Van Hollen (Republican and Democrat, respectively, have already anounced, earlier this week, a Bill outlining Sanctions "against top Turkish Political Leaders, as well as "any Foreign person who Sells or provides financial, material, or technical support" to the country's Military and Energy sector". President Trump did Not exclude, Today, to, eventually, Add, to Mnuchin's Plan, also AnOther, Additional Legislation, if necessary.

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* Much More Crystal-clear, from the EU side, on Sunday Afternoon, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angie Merkel, launched a joint, strong call to "put an End" to Turkey's Military intervention in the Syrian Kurdish Region :

- "Our Joint Will is that this Attack Stops !", stressed Macron from the outset, in common Franco-German Press Statements.

- Because, "we are Convinced that this (Turkish) Offensive takes the Risk, for one part, to provoke Unsupportable Humanitarian Situations, as we Already attest on the spot, and, for another part, to Help ISIS to Surface anew in that Region", the French President denounced.

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- "I spoke during one Hour with (Turkish) President Erdogan, (and) we have to take into account Turkey's interests and security. But, we also think that an End must be put at this Turkish Invasion !", stressed Merkel.

- "Because there are Humanitarian Reasons, and this Situation against the Kurds is UnAcceptable !", the German Chancelor criticized.

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=> "Facing such a Situation, we (France and Germany) will remain very Coordinated, as we already were in order to declare to the Turks the End of all our Arms' Sales". +"But Also on the (Other) Initiatives to be taken, during the Next Hours and Days", Macron Announced, for the forseable Future, speaking just a few Days Before a Forthcoming Franco-German, joint Council of Ministers, at Toulouse, where they intend to express "a Joint Will to Build, both on a Bilateral, and on an European level, a Common Ambition to have a Stronger Europe, More Sovereign, which takes its own Pathway", he pointed out on this concrete occasion.

=> F.ex., "we must have a Real Ambition on Climate to share", as well as "to be Coordinated in front of Trade tensions", "bear a Common Ambition for an Industrial Policy, perfectly illustrated by Airbus' group, follow up on a European Defense, be Coordinated (also) on the BREXIT Issue, as well as on International Questions, as that Turkish Attack in Syria, which lies at the Heart of Our Concerns", the French President Highlighted, this evening.

+ The move was almost immediately Followed by a restricted French Defense Meeting on Syria, Later toNight, also in Paris' Elysée Palace :

=> In Conclusion, the French Presidency announced that it wants to Boost Efforts for "an Immediate End of the Turkish offensive".

- President Macron declared that this Turkish Offensive may "provoque Dramatic Humanitarian Consequences, a Return of ISIS in that Region, and a Long DeStabilisation of Syria's North-East". Therefore, "France Condemns it, in the most Strict terms".

>>> Thus, a Press Release also Announces certain Measures "in order to Ensure the Security of French Military and Civil Staff, present in that Zone", (f.ex. in "Lafarge"'s Factory of Concrete, near Kobani), and "a Program for Urgent Humanitarian response" in favour of Local Populations.

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+ At a relevant development in Europe, meanwhile, UK's new Government, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in recent Statements on Syria, for the 1st Time, did Not ask to oust Syrian President Assad, but, on the contrary, announced its intention to participate to the Arms' Sales Embargo vis a vis Turkey, as also France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Canada, etc. 

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* In the MeanTime, However, the Number of Civilian People Killed by Turkey's Military Invasion in the Syrian Kurdish Region, had Considerably Augmented, from around 40 (Comp. Supra), to almost the DOUBLE : 78 Victims, i.e. + 26 Dead More during this Sunday alone, according to the London-Based "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" !

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In Parallel, a Convoy with Foreign Journalists and Other Civilians was Attacked and Bombed by the Turkish Forces this same Sunday, killing several People, including some Journalists, according to a French TV Correspondent. 

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=> It's in this Context, that the most Concrete Measure on the Spot, seems to be the Announcement of a Deal reportedly brokered, this Sunday,  between the Syrian National Government of Damas, and the Syrian Kurdish Region's Representatives, for the National Army to Enter asap. the Area and "Deploy all along the Borders of Syria facing Turkey, in order to Protect them", according to an Announcement by the Syrian Kurdish Region's Athorities. 

- The National Press Agency "SANA" published an article Announcing that "Syrian Arab Army units Began Moving north to Confront the Turkish Aggression on Syrian Territory", (without more precisions, for the moment).

According to Press Reports, at least 2 Syrian Military Units are due to enter Manbij and reach Kobane City at first.

 

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>>> Significantly, the semi-Official National Press Agency of Syria, HeadQuartered in Damas : "SANA", suddenly became Full of various Converging Newstories Focused on the Syrian Kurdish Region at the North-East of the Country, and Strongly Denouncing Turkey's Deadly and Destructive Military Invasion... (Comp. relevant Screenshot by "Eurofora").

Various Syrian Kurdish Web Medias posted Videos showing Local People collectively Demonstrate ToNight, in main Streets and Squares, their Hopes from that Damas' Help.

=> Could, the Dream of Brutally Murdered Hevrin Khalaf, SG of "Future Syria" Party, (Comp. Supra), have Now a fair Chance to be Realized, sooner or later ?

Some things seem to have Start Moving, but it's still Too Early to Say...

>>> In particular, it Remains to be seen How the Deployment of National Syrian Troops along the Country's Borders to Turkey will evolve in real practice,

+ as well as which Concrete Developments will Result from the manifold "Sanctions" on Turkey, Announced by EU Countries, the USA, and even the Arab League (Comp. Supra), etc.

- Meanwhile, the Fight still going on, on the Spot, seems to indicate that Syrian Kurdish a.o. Populations appear rather Faster than expected into Massively ReLocating at Other, Nearby or Further Away Cities or Villages, (probably also Because of People's Fear of Turkey's Armed Islamist Gangs' Brutal behavior vis a vis unarmed Civilians), But Also that, Despite the overwhelming InEquality particularly on Heavy Military Equipment, AirPlanes, Drones, etc, nevertheless, the Syrian Kurdish Fighters seem to be quite Stubborn Adversaries, and Often Surprise by succesfull Counter-Attacks, or their Resilience, etc.

=> Thus, among others, f.ex., while Turkey had Earlier Announced that it had Occupied the Borderline City of Ras al-Ayn, on the Contrary, Later-on, the Syrian Kurds Proclaimed their Active and Fighting Presence on the spot, showing that, at least a Great Part of that City was Always Controlled by them...

Similarly, InFights around a Central Part of the Strategic "M4" Highway, were apparently still going on, with Syrian Kurds controlling all or most of it, and Clearing some spots where Turkey's Forces had made irregular intrusions.

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+ But, the Crucial Issue of a "Non-Fly Zone", the Establishment of which is Repeatedly Asked by the Syrian Kurdish Defensors, in order to appoach a kind of Fair Equality of Arms vis a vis the Turkish Military, as they say, seems, in Fact, to probably has become somehow More Complicated than it seems at first sight:

- Indeed, f.ex. USA's Defense Chief, Mark Esper, Questioned by the Press this Sunday, whether the US Army still Controls the Sky, or Not, at the Syrian Kurdish Region, Hastily and Briefly Replied, Twice, "Yes".

But, it's Also a Fact that, Recently, Turkey was apparently Pushed to drop the American "Patriot" System for Air-Defense, and Bought, Instead, the Russian System of "S4OO", obliging the USA to Exclude Ankara from the F35 Steelth AirFighter Planes, in Retaliation.

=>Therefore, a Question appears on Whether the USA could really, Still have a Total Control there for an eventual "Non-Fly" Zone, or, if they have, in Fact, Lost or Diminished their Previously Exclusive Monitoring of the Sky, precisely because of that Recent Intrusion of Russian S400's System, bought by Turkey, which Might, eventually, Change the Situation in Real Practice, (Showing, thus, what might have been Turkey's Real Aim from the Start)...

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    + However, anOther, More GeoPolitical Question apparently Raised by the Way that this Turkish Military Invasion and Occupation attempt on the Syrian Kurdish Region, concretely evolves, in Real Practice, on the spot, is : - "What does Turkey Really Want ?"

- The Brutaly Murdered Leader of "Future Syria" Party, Hevrin Khalaf (Comp. Supra), had Already Raised such a Question, at her Latest Press Conference, Earlier this Month, when she had Critically Observed that Real Facts MissMatch, and DoN't Fit with Ankara's Claim to seek only its Borders' Security, as Mr. Erdogan Pretends.

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>>> The Circumstances of her Killing, already seem to Contradict Turkey's scenario : Indeed, instead of Focusing on  Establishing a Security Zone, (as Ankara has notoriously Claimed), Parallel to the Syrian-Turkish Border, and Deep Only 30 km, Extending all the way through a Long Corridor, from the West to the East, from Kobane City on the Left Side, (towards the Mediterranean Sea), to Qamishli City, on the Right Side, (towards Iraq),

on the Contrary, suddenly, Turkey's Forces decided to Look only Southwards, and, after Crossing the Border, they Did Not Try to EnLarge their Area, along an Horizontal Strip, from the East to the West, But they rushed Deep towards the South, along a Vertical Strip, until they Reached and even bypassed the Central Highway "M4", Parallel to the Borders, and far Away from them.

After abusing of that UnExpected Advance Southwards, in order to make Ambush, Target and Kill certain Civilian Persons, such as Havrin Khalaf herself, who were moving accross the Central Highway "M4", (Comp. Supra), then, at least some among Turkey's Forces Armed Gangs seem to have Penetrated even Deeper towards the South, reaching certain of the Suburbs Surrounding ...Raqqa City, too Far Away from the Syria-Turkey Borders, at their North ! (See relevant MAP, herewith).

+ It's Vertical, Southward (Instead of the expected Horizontal, East-West) Movements like that, which Also brought Turkey's Bombing Airplanes, or Shelling and Firing Troops, towards a Camp for ISIS' Relatives, Located near Ain Issa City, i.e. Beyond the Horizontal, East-West Highway "M4", on a Vertical, Southward Line from Tal Abyad City at the Border : There where More than 700 ISIS' Fighters' Relatives (and, reportedly, the Activation of some Sleeping Cells of ISIS), Suddenly Run to Massively Escape... (Comp. Supra). And much More such Camps, not only of Relatives, but also of ISIS' Jihadists themselves, are, Indeed, Located at the South of the Higway "M4"... (See relevant Map).

++ It's also such UnExpected Vertical, Southward Movements, crossing the Highway "M4", (instead of Horizontal, East-West Movements, running Parallel to the Syrian-Turkish Borders), which Might Explain even the Strange Fact that Turkey Delayed Too Much to get hold of the Borderline Cities of Tal Abyad and Ras Al-Ayn, since Many of her Troops had left towards the South, instead of Staying accross the East-West Borderline, (Comp. Supra).

=> Experienced French Journalist Georges Malbrunot (of the mainstream "Figaro" Newspaper), Noted, him too, those UnExpected Vertical Southward Movements of Turkey's Invading Forces, and Observed that "Turkey does Not Intend to be Limited into Monitoring a Borderline Strip of Land around its own Territories", But, on the Contrary, seeks to Take Control also "in the Interior of Syrian Territory", (i.e. Southwards)...

>>> This is Due to the Fact that, "Turkey's Attack has Also an OTHER AIM": he Speculated.

=> This "Other Aim" of the Turkish Military Invasion, could be, inter alia, f.ex., to "Cut in two the North Eastern area of Syria, and Break the Supply Lines of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF: mainly Kurds), which are Allies of the West, against ISIS"' Islamist Terrorists, Malbrunot Warns.

- Indeed, as "Eurofora" Observed, Behind such a vertical Dividing Line, are Located, Both the, by far, Biggest Camps for ISIS' Jihadists and their Relatives, (as, f.ex., that of Areesheh, with almost 9.000 Inmates, and of Al-Hol, with ...68.600 Inmates, according to a BBC Map !), as well as the Largest Fertile Agricultural Land of Syria, with a lot of Crops, etc, around Qamishli, in Addition to Oil/Gas Energy Sources, spreading also Beyond that, towards Iraq, etc... Last, but not least, Right Behind that Line, are all the High Mountains, on Top of which, the EyeSights of their Kurdish Brothers from Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria meet with the Eagles, at an inaccessible Dream, since the Treaty of Sevres (1919-1920), written by the proud Victorious Leaders at the End of the 1st WW, Last Time that Europe was still the Greatest in the World...

>>>In fact, Turkey's Real GeoPolitical Aim doesn't seem to be only the Syrian Kurds, but, rather, Europe itself, (via Mass Migration reiterated Threats and Blackmails, ISIS' provoked+threatened Escapes/Returns, etc), and the West in general, including the forthcoming US Presidential+ Congress' Elections of 2020...

The Kurdish Mountains just serve as a Mirror.

 

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(DraftNews)

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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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