Recall the other day? The explosion that killed the two specials ops embedded with SDF?
My initial post from Thursday, prior to me being aware that anyone had been killed, was titled:
Syria's North: Is the US Readying A Provocation Or Deterrent for Turkish Forces?
It ended as follows: "It seems to me the US has something planned outside of Manbij. The fact that they've scrubbed images, and appear intent on sending mixed messages to the outside world and Turkey, simultaneously, indicates they are attempting to create a state of confusion which they can take advantage of"Never let a serious crisis go to waste!
It looks as if the US and company won't let that incident go to waste and are in fact entertaining the idea of employing it so it “could lead to a diplomatic row with Turkey, a Nato member”. Imagine that?! I figure that was the plan all along.
As was pretty clear in my Thursday post, I had my suspicions the US was looking for a pretext. Except the IED, which was in the back of a pick up truck, driven by special ops, exploded before deployment. As luck would have it for the US can still be used to create a crisis and..... demonize Turkey.
"The Mail on Sunday noted that if the military investigation concludes that FSA backed by Turkey was behind the blast, this “could lead to a diplomatic row with Turkey, a Nato member”.
Enact those desired financial sanctions? I talked about that earlier this week. Again.
The sanctions against Turkey are coming... I've talked about this repeatedly.
Last time: Turkey/Halkbank: The Biggest (Conjured Up) Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History
Bring additional troops into the area?
The United States is reportedly sending additional troops to the northern Syrian town of Manbij where Turkey threatens to attack soon.
Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency claimed on Sunday that the new reinforcement is made up of approximately 300 US soldiers.
Quoting unidentified “local sources”, the agency said the US convoy includes armoured vehicles and construction machines.
“The reinforcements were deployed near the Sajur River,” according to Anadolu Agency. “Also, reinforcements were deployed around Zub'ul Bayn village, west of Manbij.”
A U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council fighter, 2nd from right, stands next to a U.S. Humvee vehicle at a U.S. outpost >>>
Approximately 300 U.S. soldiers arrived in Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, in a convoy which included many armored vehicles and construction machines.
The reinforcements were deployed near the Sajur River, which forms the frontline between the Operation Euphrates Shield area and the YPG/PKK invaded area.
Also, reinforcements were deployed around Zub'ul Bayn village, west of Manbij.Related:
The additional forces are now patrolling the Sajur River shore daily, the report added. Previously, the patrols occurred weekly. The U.S. forces are also patrolling the Ras al-Ayn area, opposite Turkey's Ceylanpınar border gate, for the last three days.