US-Turkish Military Operation in N Syria Would be de Facto an Invasion
The US and Turkey have announced an (military invasion) operation aimed at maintaining control over the last 98 kilometers of the Turkish-Syrian border, between Jarabulus and Afrin; this area overlaps with the primary corridor through which Islamists, including ISIL and al-Nusra receive weapons and fighters, Tony Cartalucci underscores.
However, "the fact that the US and Turkey are seeking to secure Turkey's border with Syria from the Syrian side instead of within NATO territory itself, reveals the true nature of this unfolding conflict," the analyst remarks, adding that the operation will be de facto an invasion of Syria by NATO.
Western officials insist that the operation would cut off one of ISIL's lifelines. Surprisingly, for a few years they remained suspiciously silent on the flow of arms, fighters and money which have been flowing to the Islamic State through Turkey.
However, none of these states were sanctioned for their illicit activities. Instead, major Western powers were concluding lucrative weapons deals with the Gulf monarchies.
"Fighting ISIS [ISIL] at its source, for the West, means putting the blade to its own throat," the analyst stresses.