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Iran and Syria concerned about Turkish intervention in Jarablus

By Rudaw 26/8/2016
A boy waves to a Turkish tank entering Syria from the border town of Karkamis. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP
A boy waves to a Turkish tank entering Syria from the border town of Karkamis. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region--Iran and Syria have both voiced concern about Turkey’s incursion into Syrian territory after Turkey intervened in Syria, bombarding the Syrian border town of Jarablus and moving its forces into the town on Wednesday and, subsequently expanding its military intervention in Syria. 

Both Syria and Iran consider the move a violation of Syrian sovereignty and they asked Turkey to respect international principles and laws.

Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s envoy to the United Nations (UN), described Turkey’s military incursion into Syria as a “violation of Syria’s sovereignty,” and he accused Turkey of being first “in sponsoring terrorism in Syria with Gulf funding,” according to CNN Arabic, on Friday.

“Syria would not dare to have military operations in Jarablus. But Turkey followed the model which is the creation of the US’ global coalition, which has been violating Syrian sovereignty for the past two years,” Jaafari said.

He refuted Erdogan’s argument that Turkey’s operations were to limited to responding to ISIS attacks on Turkey from Syrian territory. “What’s happening on the northern Syrian border with Turkey is ‘an old story’ because the Turkish regime violated Syrian sovereignty before by intervening and allowing terrorists to infiltrate via its borders,” he said.

“How accurate is Turkey’s claim that it is fighting ISIS in Jarablus when it allowed the establishment of such a terrorist organization, strengthened and supported with thousands of Toyota vehicles and other trucks, and carried weapons and Gulf money to buy weapons for ISIS from many countries such as Ukraine, Croatia, and Bulgaria?” Jaafari asked.

He stressed that “Those want to help Syria in the war on terror, should coordinate with the Syrian Arab Army and exchange information on terrorists and join the clean global coalition against terror.”

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi also urged coordination with the Syrian government. 

“The fight against terrorist organizations in Syria should be coordinated with the Syrian government, with an emphasis on respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, which is one of the foundations and principles of international law,” Ghasemi said on Thursday, according to Syrian News Agency (SANA).

“Iran has always stressed on the need for collective cooperation to combat terrorism as it is an international responsibility and all the countries of the region have to cooperate to confront to ominous phenomenon of terrorism,” he added.

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guest worker | 27/8/2016
No they're not, not yet, they've made a deal with Erdogan, it's the worst kept secret in the region. But they will come to regret it, they will become VERY worried. This was probably Iran's biggest blunder in Syria, maybe it's already starting to sink in
Roj | 27/8/2016
If I were the YPG I would retreat from southern Hasakah and launch a massive attack on Jarabulus. Let ISIS terrorists get a foothold on Iraq border and make Mosul operation impossible. Obama sold out the YPG to bigot Erdogan. The YPG should reciprocate his action. The YPG has been playing an honest game but Syria is not about honesty, it's a chess game.
duroi | 27/8/2016
The Turks are playing the Sunni card to carve a second Hatay out of Syria (how big?) while Assad and allies have been foolishly undermining a Kurdish buffer state in the region which could have stopped Turkish pawns from marching all the way to Damascus. Erdogan invested in his ISIS pawns to achieve his Neo-Ottoman dreams and he is now bringing the Turkish cavalry to change the focus from a coup to a glorious war abroad; and ISIS Caliph complies with Turkish march. Assad may have forfeited Adlib, Hama, Allepo and Raqqa governorates to Turkey in exchange for Kurdish and Alevi provinces in Turkey (or some money) and had prevented all this bloodshed.
Vibe | 27/8/2016
Four days of operation/invasion not a single fatal shot fired against ISIS by Turkish troops, speaks volumes about real Turkish intentions behind this invasion.
Hama | 27/8/2016
I think the whole world should be concerned. Turkish invasion in Jarabulus means ISIS terrorists are now protected by NATO.
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