Turkey has just announced today that it will no longer stop refugees from flooding Europe via land and sea:
JPOST – Turkey, faced with a possible new wave of Syrian migrants and dozens more dead Turkish soldiers in Idlib, will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said as President Tayyip Erdogan chaired an emergency meeting.
An air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria’s northwest Idlib region killed 29 Turkish soldiers and seriously wounded others, the local governor in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hatay said separately early on Friday.
Nearly a million civilians have been displaced in Idlib near the Turkish border since December as Russia-backed Syrian government forces seized territory from Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, marking the worst humanitarian crisis of the country’s nine-year war.
The threat to open the way for refugees to Europe would, if executed, reverse a pledge Turkey made to the European Union in 2016 and could quickly draw Western powers into the standoff over Idlib and stalled negotiations between Ankara and Moscow.
With regard to the recent attack, the US is fully supporting Turkey:
The US said that it supports Turkey following the reported attack. “We stand by our NATO Ally Turkey and continue to call for an immediate end to this despicable offensive by the Assad regime, Russia, and Iranian-backed forces,” a State Department representative said in a statement.
This whole thing is a mess and it pains me greatly that the US is on the side of Turkey. Erdogan is the one who invaded and declared he was going to create a ‘safe zone’ for all of these Syria refugees that are flooding his country. Syria’s Assad said he didn’t agree and would go to war with Turkey, and that’s what’s happening.
Look, I don’t like being on the side of the Syrian Regime either, partnered with Russia and the Iranians. I just wish the Trump administration hadn’t put out that statement fulling supporting Turkey.