Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PKK Ended Ceasefire Weeks Ago? A stream of the latest news

This post is going to be a running account of the latest news surrounding what is going on with Turkey!
Before you all start reading I am placing one specific news item at the top of my post!
.Must read. Requires your attention
When the shit started to  hit the fan I saved a bunch of news stories- I always save and read way more then I post here- Thank goodness for the readers..............!
I saved this story from Financial Times in it's entirety:
Headline: Turkey expands airstrikes against ISIS to include Kurdish separatist bases


What was so very important in that news story for my readers? This very important information, is as follows.............
"The PKK announced three weeks ago that it was ending a three year cease fire complaining of a lack of progress in long-running, stalled peace talks with the Turkish government"

I repeat in large bold print:
"The PKK announced three weeks ago that it was ending a three year cease fire complaining of a lack of progress in long-running, stalled peace talks with the Turkish government"

So, despite the spin in the corporate media, those who are suggesting it was Turkey that declared war on the Kurds. It appears the PKK had announced the end of the ceasefire prior to all the "shit hitting the fan"

 PKK announces end of cease-fire, mobilizes guerillas
 The Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella network that includes the PKK, announced on Saturday that the cease-fire which was declared via a message from the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in 2013 has ended, dealing a huge blow to the protracted reconciliation process that was expected to speed up with the Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) entrance into Parliament.
Ankara and the HDP have been pursuing a reconciliation process to end the decades-long conflict between the state and the PKK since 2013, but the process has seen serious setbacks prior to the June elections with friction emerging between the mediator HDP and Ankara. The party, which built its election campaign on messages that promised to push forward the stalled peace efforts, failed to abide by its vows once it secured its place in Parliament.

The HDP passed the election hurdle after receiving 13 percent of the votes in the June elections via the support of democrats and liberals, but it was unable to fulfill its assurance of a settlement between the state and the PKK. The blatant intimidation against the government by the KCK has come at a time while expectant HDP voters are waiting for a disarmament announcement.
 Meanwhile, two groups of the PKK, consisting roughly of 50 militants, intercepted the Gürbulak and Iğdır roads on Saturday, opening fire on trucks and throwing Molotov cocktails. During the attacks, three trucks were burned down and one Iranian was injured. On Sunday, PKK militants clashed with gendarmerie forces after they seized a vehicle belonging to the municipality of Göle in the province of Ardahan. One person died and two others were injured after the terrorists opened fire on a bus at the scene of the clashes.

Ankara has been pushing the PKK to lay down its arms as part of the reconciliation process but the resistance of the militants to abandon weapons has crippled the process, which is currently on ice.
 If that information is accurate as reported by Financial Times,  Daily Sabah & Today's Zaman (July 12/2015)  that changes the dynamic at work in this situation from what is being presented by the media as Erdogan's government being the aggressor to the PKK being the instigator of hostilities.
Just something to think about. Something to consider.

On to the narrative as it happened:
Some interesting info via NYT's
11:20 a.m.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is asking NATO to be prepared to help his country as it battles Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq.
12:35 p.m.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says a soldier has been seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey's border with Iraq.
The agency says the soldier was fired on by a man wearing a mask on Tuesday in the mainly-Kurdish town of Semdinli.
The attack comes amid increased violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels and Turkish airstrikes against the militants' bases in neighboring Iraq.
A day earlier, a military police major was killed in an ambush of his car in the southeastern province of Mus. Ten people were detained for questioning.
Earlier, an explosion at a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey
12:40 p.m.
Turkey's NATO partners say they stand "in strong solidarity" with the nation, and that the security of the U.S.-led alliance is "indivisible."
Indivisible, eh? Well I guess that depends on who wants the division?

1:50 p.m.
The leader of Syria's main political opposition group is urging NATO partners meeting in Brussels to support the establishment of a "safe zone" in northern Syria.

2:40 p.m.
Turkey's military says a soldier who was seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey's border with Iraq has died.
A military statement said the infantry sergeant died in a hospital Tuesday after being shot in the head by Kurdish militant in the town of Semdinli.
There is much shooting in the head going on-  Victims: Turkish military. Turkish police.

3:20 p.m.
A spokesman for the main Syrian Kurdish force fighting the Islamic State group says he does not view a U.S.-Turkish agreement to establish a safe zone in northern Syria as a threat.
When you’re the one in control of the borders would this, could this, plan really threaten you.
I have mentioned to readers here previously KurdIShIS controls nearly the entirety of the Syrian northern border- as you will also read below!
Redur Khalil of the People's Protection Units, or YPG, says it is still not clear how Turkey will fight IS and adds Turkey has no interest in sending ground troops to Syria.

The U.S.-backed YPG controls most of the 910-kilometer Syrian (565-mile) border with Turkey. It has warned Ankara against military intervention in northern Syria.
3:35 p.m.
A senior Turkish ruling party official says Turkey's peace process with the Kurds is not over but has been placed on hold.

Turkey launched peace talks with the Kurdish rebels' imprisoned leader in 2012 with the aim of ending the 30-year conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.
4:05 p.m.
A NATO official says that alliance members have used the closed-door meeting in Brussels to call on Turkey not to use excessive force.

Although public statements from the NATO meeting stressed unity, the official said members also urged Turkey to continue peace efforts with representatives of the Kurdish minority.
Although NATO’s lying lips are talking unity it is abundantly clear there is NO unity-

4:30 p.m.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has affirmed his country's support for Turkey's military actions against the Islamic State group and its right to defend itself against terror acts.
Does Saudi Arabia see the writing on the wall?

4:40 p.m.
The spokesman of one of the main factions fighting the Islamic State group and Syrian government forces says a U.S.-Turkish agreement to establish a zone free of extremists in northern Syria is in their interest.
5:25 p.m.
Turkey's military says it used fighter jets to target Kurdish rebels after its soldiers were attacked near the country's border with Iraq.
6:30 p.m.
A U.N. panel says the threat of foreign jihadi fighters traveling to countries such as Iraq and Syria is a fluid and rapidly-changing problem and the response of governments must be stepped up.
8:25 p.m.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his council of ministers views Turkish airstrikes in his country as "a dangerous escalation and a violation of Iraq's sovereignty."
The US moving the mouth of their sock puppet government in Iraq- After they over threw Maliki.
In a three-part message posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday, al-Abadi said that the council is committed "not to allow any attack on Turkey from Iraqi territory and called on Turkey to respect good relations."
9:50 p.m.
The U.N. humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, has warned against calling a proposed buffer along the Turkey-Syrian border a "safe zone," saying it could risk attracting vulnerable people to an area without "sufficient protection."

The US and Israel pull the strings at the UN also. One would think the UN would want a safe zone for refugees.. In fact you would think they would encourage it so all the displaced Syrians can exercise their right of return... After Angelina Jolie cried rivers of crocodile tears- oh the pity she had for the refugees and their plight- Barf!

From earlier today:

Syria: The "Army of Conquest" moves towards the Mediterranean

Syria: The "Army of Conquest" moves towards the Mediterranean

Well, well, well... This is interesting.
How often can it be stated that geographical location is so important? And, what an interesting name for this NATO backed terror bunch! "Army of Conquest" 

First some much needed background:
  Let's view a map of  the alleged "Kurdistan-  a "geo cultural region" (that means lots of other people have always lived their too) where google claims Kurds have allegedly been in the majority- but that's not really true.  Kurdistan, as claimed, just happens to almost perfectly align with the land of the early Assyria. For comparison purposes, directly below the alleged Kurdistan, I will put a map of the Assyrian domain. Check the borders for yourself.


Early Assyrian Territory

The Darker Green area of the Assyrian Territory aligns nearly perfectly with "Kurdistan" and the expanded Assyrian Territory including Kurdistan looks to be everything coveted by modern day Israel- Curious isn't it?

Just some things to keep in mind..............

Now let's get back to the latest news!

Insurgents have launched a big offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad’s control of western Syria, a monitoring group and activists said on Tuesday.
The taking of the coastal region in Syria would bode very, very badly for Turkey as it stands today. Look at the map of "Kurdistan" above and then you'll be clear on what I am suggesting.
If the Army of Conquest succeeds in taking this area, it will be a loss to Syria and Turkey.

 A Syrian military source described the attack as large and widespread. The insurgents are seeking to drive into the Sahl al-Ghab plain
 Supporters of an insurgent alliance fighting in the area, the “Army of Conquest”, said the insurgents had seized a power station in the area and listed a total of 16 locations captured from government forces in the offensive

Digression-  "Army of Conquest"- kind of says it all. I guess NATO's irregulars aren't even going to pretend to be about fighting oppression, human rights, democracy and justice. Straight up- CONQUEST!
noun: conquest
the subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by use of military force.
Of course the control and subjugation of this area, via military force, plays right into the creation of Israel's partner nation Kurdistan- see map of Assyria.

 Insurgents including the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front captured government-held positions outside the town of Jisr al-Shughour and pushed into the northern tip of the Sahl al-Ghab plain overnight.
Sahl al Ghab plain circled
 Sahl al Ghab - very fertile farmland- home to 11,000 families according to Wiki

Insurgents including, but not limited to, al Qaeda... Gee, who else might be there alongside al Qaeda? PKK? Of course! PYD- The Syrian PKK? Of course they are alongside AQ!
Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said government forces had launched a counter attack and had recovered some lost ground in Sahl al-Ghab.

The military source said: “The battles are ongoing in that area between the army and the militant attackers, the terrorists.”
More on this move to the Med: 

Big rebel attack in Syria targets area vital to Assad

Supporters of an insurgent alliance (AQ, PKK, PYD, ISIS, Chechens etc.,) fighting in the area, the "Army of Conquest", said the rebels had seized a power station in the area and listed a total of 16 places captured from government forces in the offensive.
The coastal mountain range, which acts as a buffer for government-held cities such as Latakia, is west of Sahl al-Ghab.
 The insurgents fighting against government forces also included the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham faction and groups including Chechen and central Asian fighters, the Observatory said.
 Chechens and Central Asians- two groups who have gone to fight alongside ISIS

The military has concentrated on defending Syria's west, a tactic Assad alluded to on Sunday when he said the army had been forced to give up some areas in order to hold onto more important ones during the four-year conflict.

This move towards the Mediterranean may explain Turkey's sudden concern with KurdIShIS.

Monday, July 27, 2015

NATO Holding Emergency Meeting At Turkey's Request- US: No Go for No Fly Zone

Oh to be a fly on the wall........
This meeting should result in some real magical language useage via the war mongering media
Should be interesting!
“The rise of Islamic State in northern Iraq, in northern Syria, has effectively destabilized the southern border of Turkey. But also domestically, the threat of terrorism has become very real,” Lete told The Associated Press.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who will chair the closed-door session, said Turkey requested it following recent “heinous terrorist attacks,”

 After months of reluctance, Turkish warplanes last week started striking militant targets in Syria and entered a long-awaited agreement which allows the U.S. to launch its own strikes from Turkey’s strategically located Incirlik Air Base.
The official NATO announcement of Tuesday’s meeting of alliance ambassadors said one of the reasons Turkey sought it was to explain “the measures it is taking.” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Monday he would spell out in detail the security threats his country faces.
“We expect solidarity and support from our NATO allies,” he said, without elaborating.
Turkey isn't going to get solidarity or support. Not really, despite the magic that will be spoken into your reality.
 “There is no difference between PKK and Daesh. You can’t say that PKK is better because it is fighting Daesh,” Cavusoglu said.
There is no difference between the PKK and Daesh aka ISIS. None what so ever.....

The US and Turkey have no agreement on a no fly zone in Northern Syria
 Ahead of a hastily called NATO meeting, a senior Obama administration official told CNN on Monday (July 27) there is no agreement with Turkey to establish a no-fly zone in the country.
 An yet one would think the US would want a no fly zone ...  Iraq redux
The area the U.S. is considering a "safe zone" is on the Turkish border that, he said, is "still controlled by ISIS."
"The problem is this is an area being bombed almost daily by the Syrian air force," he said. "So what happens when we set up a safe zone there and the Syrians want to conduct operations against people we're supporting? Are we going to go head-to-head with the Syrian air force? So this is setting up a real dangerous situation."
""The problem is this is an area being bombed almost daily by the Syrian air force,"
Excuse me for pointing out the bullshit, but, isn't that the reason for a no fly zone? So the "offending" nation can't fly and drop bombs? Oh the lies, the lies, lies.........

The problem is the US/NATO planes are already bombing Syria in the north of Syria (I've covered this repeatedly) The type of zone Turkey want's would impede the US bombing, land clearing, ethnic cleansing campaign they are presently involved in with the Kurdish militias.
Information on  daily US airstrikes made in Syria dating back to October 2014

As of 1 October, U.S. and partner nation attack aircraft have flown over 1,700 strike sorties in support of operations against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria using over 800 munitions against 322 targets.
Whose bombing northern Syria daily? If even half of those over 1700 bombing runs are made in Syria?

 From Earlier:

Turkey: ISIS/Kurds & the Good Vs Evil Narrative

Turkey: ISIS/Kurds & the Good Vs Evil Narrative

Turkey, striking ISIS, hits Kurds- It seems so contradictory and yet it's not
Sample news item: Turkey accused of shelling Kurds in Syria
Turkey denies claims it shelled Kurdish fighter positions in a village in northern Syria, as Ankara continues its campaign against so-called Islamic State
Image from linked news story. ISIS or Kurds? (Check link for answer)

“A Turkish foreign ministry official denied on Monday that bombing of Kurdish positions in northern Syria had taken place. A government official has said that the claim is being investigated.

"The ongoing military operation seeks to neutralise imminent threats to Turkey's national security and continues to target Islamic State in Syria and the PKK in Iraq," the official said.

"The PYD (the political wing of the YPG), along with others, remains outside the scope of the current military effort."

Just by reading the latest news we can spot far too many contradictions in the presented narrative. Too many contradictions indicate falsities.  Turkey is hitting ISIS.  Kurds says Turkey is striking the villages they hold. Western NATO allies seem pleased that Turkey has FINALLY joined the fight against ISIS.  Their approval confirms that Turkey is striking ISIS targets. What’s going on!

How can we reconcile the contradictory claims? How can we make sense of nonsense?  How can Turkey be striking ISIS, to the alleged glee of their NATO allies, who are ‘fighting’ ISIS, while at the same time Kurdish militias  are claiming to be hit?

KurdIShIS is the simplest, most obvious, explanation.

The whole Kurdish/ISIS, White/Black or Good vs Evil, is a full of nonsense, fairy tale and utter bullshit.

*Weapons dropped to ISIS, intended for the Kurds, of course that was“accidental” -Not credible

*ISIS resistance practically melting away when the Kurds come to town. Again on more then one occasion is not credible when on considers the over the top hype of the ISIS threat.

*ISIS releasing Kurdish ‘hostages’ out of the goodness of their hearts, of course! Again, on more then one occasion.

These seeming contradictions clearly demonstrate a cohesion rather then a contradiction.

The Kurds vs ISIS is a classic good vs evil narrative. We love to believe that good will triumph over evil.

"Every time you tell yourself a good vs evil story, you're basically lowering your IQ." Tyler Cowen

I don’t agree 100 percent with that quotation but, I’m using it to make a specific point, with clarification. Every time you allow yourself to be taken in by a presented, simplistic, good vs evil narrative you will be made more foolish for it. Yes, there is good & evil in the real world. That is abundantly evident. And the fact of good & evil’s existence makes it easy for us to be taken in by a patently false, good vs evil, as presented narrative that has nothing to do with the real world.
This false, good vs evil narrative, is the ISIS/Kurd narrative.
Stop believing it.

The agenda pushing media is also spinning via their headlines that Turkey is striking Kurdish territory in Northern Syria. To be clear: There is NO Kurdish territory in Syria. There is only Syrian territory taken over by Kurdish “fighters” while tag teaming in their symbiotic, mutually beneficial, relationship with ISIS and ultimately with the NATO/Israel global war machine.

Truth is simple, it is lies that are complicated.

By that I mean, the official contradictory and complicated narratives make the lie obvious.
Pull the layers back and the truth is apparent.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Two killed/ 4 wounded Attack on Military Vehicle in Turkey

Two killed, four wounded as a result of an attack on a military vehicle in Turkey 

baku, Azerbaijan, July 26

Terrorists blew up a military vehicle which was carrying troops in the province of Diyarbakir, Turkey. As a result, two soldiers were killed, four wounded, Milliyet reported.
The wounded soldiers were taken to hospital.

Diyarbakir, Turkey- further east and deeper into Turkish territory- heading towards Iran
Interesting location

 Don't Miss, must read, with multiple updates:

Turkey: Creating "Safe Zones", Fighting for it's Survival, Turkey's letter to UN

 Turkey by all appearances is defending it's borders.
Turkey targeted brand ISIS from it's own airspace- Without entering Syrian airspace.

Question # 1: Why didn't/hasn't Turkey enter Syrian airspace?  
Is it because the US and company are in Syrian airspace? As they "fight ISIS"   While aiding Kurds in their ethnic cleansing of area residents.
If, we are supposed to believe Turkey is fighting alongside NATO allies- Why not enter Syrian airspace?

 "Turkey's operations will, if needed, continue until the terror organizations' command centers, all locations where they plan (attacks) against Turkey and all depots used to store arms to be used against Turkey are destroyed," the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said, confirming a “third wave” of attacks on Isil on Saturday and a second wave against the PKK.


Etc., etc.,

Necessary background:


Turkey: Creating "Safe Zones", Fighting for it's Survival, Turkey's letter to UN

 And not attempting an expansion?

Turkey by all appearances is defending it's borders.
Turkey targeted brand ISIS from it's own airspace- Without entering Syrian airspace.

Question # 1: Why didn't/hasn't Turkey enter Syrian airspace?  

Is it because the US and company are in Syrian airspace? As they "fight ISIS"   While aiding Kurds in their ethnic cleansing of area residents.

If, we are supposed to believe Turkey is fighting alongside NATO allies- Why not enter Syrian airspace?

 "Turkey's operations will, if needed, continue until the terror organizations' command centers, all locations where they plan (attacks) against Turkey and all depots used to store arms to be used against Turkey are destroyed," the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said, confirming a “third wave” of attacks on Isil on Saturday and a second wave against the PKK.

Question # 2: Do the US & Company approve of the safe zones Turkey is talking up?

According to the report below they don't. Why not?

An article from June 27/2015
 Turkey considers creating safe zones in Syria between the cities of Aleppo, Idlib and the Turkish border with the inclusion of the border towns Kobani, Jarabulus and others, depending on the population density in these areas, the Turkish newspaper Milliyet said June 27.
From IB Times (linked above)
 Turkey has long sought a "no-fly zone" or "safe zone" in northern Syria but met resistance from Washington, which says direct military pressure on Islamic State, not a "safe zone", is the best way to end the region's fighting and refugee crisis.
Washington doesn't want a safe zone- And their 'fight' against ISIS has been a cover all along for the Kurdish/Israeli land grab. Turkey wants the safe zone because the leadership of Turkey understand exactly where that Kurdish land grab will lead..  To the destabilization and destruction of Turkey.

Question # 3: What is Turkey's intent with the "safe zones"? 

Based on Turkish claims- Their intent is to return all the Syrian refugees. Thereby preventing the creation of a Kurdistan in Syria- Which will serve as a second base of attack against Turkey. Iraq being the first base of attack- Hence the airstrikes in both places.

Turkey to create IS free safe zones in Syria for refugees: FM

 "Syrian refugees in Turkey and in neighboring countries will be able to settle in these safe regions" 

The Turkish FM claimed in this article that Washington was on board? But is it?
UPDATE: More on the 'safe zone' from Telegraph UK 

"Turkey's operations will, if needed, continue until the terror organizations' command centers, all locations where they plan (attacks) against Turkey and all depots used to store arms to be used against Turkey are destroyed," the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said, confirming a “third wave” of attacks on Isil on Saturday and a second wave against the PKK.
They also promoted what newspapers said was a plan to create an “Isil-free zone” along Syria’s long border with Turkey - a zone which would be guarded by the non-Isil anti-Assad rebels but importantly also prevent a subsequent takeover by Syria’s Kurds.
"When areas in northern Syria are cleared of the (Isil) threat, the safe zones will be formed naturally," the foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said in response to questions about the newspaper reports.
"We have always defended safe zones and no-fly zones in Syria. People who have been displaced can be placed in those safe zones.

In closing when Turkey attacks "ISIS" and the Kurds they are attacking one and the same entity - Which is why they were never 'on board' with  the illusory fight against ISIS aka KurdIShIS. The NATO backed fight against ISIS was cover for Kurds taking territory- Why would Turkey assist with that? 

Almost forgot!   

Turkey justifies Syrian strike with letter to UN

This after the provocative strike on a Turkish military outpost the other day

 "In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, Turkey cited Article 51 of the UN Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack, as justification for its action.

"It is apparent that the regime in Syria is neither capable of nor willing to prevent these threats emanating from its territory which clearly imperil the security of Turkey and safety of its nationals," wrote Turkey's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Levent Eler in the letter, seen by Reuters.

"Syria has become a safe haven for (Islamic State). This area is used by (Islamic State) for training, planning, financing and carrying out attacks across borders," he wrote.

 Turkey "initiated necessary and proportionate military actions against (Islamic State) in Syria, including in coordination with individual members of the Global Coalition, in order to counter the terrorist threat and to safeguard its territory and citizens."
2nd Update: Regarding Turkey's letter, of Friday July 24/15, to the UN

Turkey told the United Nations on Friday that it had started conducting air strikes on Daesh militant group in exercise of its rights of self-defense as defined by the Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which allows countries to engage in self-defense against an armed attack.
Also Trend

 Turkey's letter to the U.N. followed its early Friday airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria. The jets carried out the operation “without violating the Syrian airspace”, the Prime Ministry said in a statement.

Has the Syrian government commented on the Turkish strikes on KurdIShIS?
Necessary background:

Turkish Jets Strike Kurds in Iraq, Complicating Anti-ISIS Fight

Interesting headline:Turkish Jets Strike Kurds in Iraq, Complicating Anti-ISIS Fight

 Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, authorities said Saturday, the first strike since a 2013 peace deal as Ankara also bombed ISIS positions in Syria.
The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling ISIS. The strikes further complicate the U.S.-led war against the extremists, which has relied on Kurdish forces making gains in both Iraq and Syria.
  PKK, which has been fighting Turkey for autonomy since 1984 and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara and its allies
PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the US as well as Turkey. And yet the article is telling us EXPLICITLY that the US is using designated terrorists PKK (Kurdish forces) to "make gains in both Iraq & Syria"-  As we know the Kurds are the ones making the gains- So what is this sentence really telling us?

 The jets hit PKK shelters, bunkers, caves, storages facilities and other "logistical points," a statement from the Turkish prime minister's office said. It said areas targeted included the Qandil mountains, where the PKK's command is based.

I read through literally dozens and dozens of articles this morning and will post more later, however, there appears to have been NO additional strikes in Syrian territory- cross border or otherwise save for the one mentioned the other day.  I can't find any information other then rehashing the previous day attack in retaliation of the provocative strike on the Turkish outpost.
As covered in this post:  Turkey: Jets Target "ISIS", Mass Arrests inc. PKK. Kurds Continue Their Ethnic Cleansing

I checked SANA and there is no news on any attack

CSM is also reporting that the Syrian government has said nothing about the Turkish airstrike:
 "The Syrian government has so far refrained from commenting on Turkish strikes inside Syrian territory"