Turkey leaks U.S. base locations in Syria

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 20 July 2017, 05:45 hrs, UTC, Post #261.

Source:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-19/pentagon-furious-after-turkey-leaks-us-base-locations-in-syria?

Accessed on 20 July 2017, 05:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tyler Durden.

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Comment:

You just can’t trust anyone these days.  According to correspondent Tyler Durden, the Turkish Anadou Agency has released the locations of U.S. bases operating in Syria, complete with personnel numbers, types of equipment being used, and overall mission efforts. The press release exposes the exact locations of U.S. forces on the Syrian front lines and what kind of support these facilities are offering to Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State. Turkey has been upset over U.S. support of Kurdish forces, because some of these units are advocating a separate Kurdish state carved out of Turkish territory.

Here is Tyler Durden’s assessment:

“According to the Daily Beast, Washington was so incensed that it even tried to prevent US media from reprinting the story, after it had already appeared in the Turkish media.”

“The discussion of specific troop numbers and locations would provide sensitive tactical information to the enemy which could endanger Coalition and partner forces,” Colonel Joe Scrocca, director of public affairs for Operation Inherent Resolve, reportedly wrote to the New York-based Daily Beast, which was the only major US outlet to pick up the story by Wednesday morning.”

“Publishing this type of information would be professionally irresponsible and we respectively request that you refrain from disseminating any information that would put Coalition lives in jeopardy,” Scrocca added.

“It is no secret that over the past few years Turkey and the U.S. have been at odds over the U.S. backing of Kurdish fighters in Syria who are affiliated with separatist movements inside Turkey. The Turkish government probably leaked U.S. troop locations to Anadolu as retaliation, according to Aaron Stein, a fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington.”

“The U.S. takes force protection seriously, obviously,” Stein said by email on Wednesday. “The Turkish government knows this, and still decided to leak the locations of U.S. bases in Syria. Hard not to see this as a F-you.”

“Indeed, on Monday, Turkey’s National Security Council proclaimed that the Syrian-based YPD is the “same organization” as the separatist PKK that operates inside the country, and which Turkey has branded as terrorist. Turkish officials said that weapons freely flow between the two groups, and last month accused Washington of arming “terrorists,” saying that “some allies” apply “double standards.”’

“Meanwhile, the Pentagon said it had conveyed its concern to the Turkish government.”

Opinion:

The growing split between the United States and its NATO ally, Turkey, underlines the sobering realities of the Syrian Civil War.  The real break will come if and when the Islamic State fully collapses.  There will be a mad rush to fill the power vacuum created by the retreating Islamic State, with the U.S. and its coalition partners squeezed between Syrian and Russian forces on the west and increasingly militant Turkish forces to the north. The U.S. also has bases in Turkey, which could be jeopardized if Turkish President  gets more friendly with The Russian Federation. All of this amounts to a squeeze play to force the U.S. out of the Syrian Civil War with Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Iran remaining to pick up the pieces. Perhaps it’s time to call it a day and let the fanatics in the region settle their own differences. Apparently, we haven’t remembered the lessons learned in Vietnam or in the first Gulf War.

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