URFA, Turkey – A convoy of heavy military vehicles from the Turkish Armed Forces arrived in Urfa province, which borders Syria, Turkish media wrote on Saturday.
According to the Anadolu agency, mortars, tanks and other armored vehicles were transferred from different military units in western Turkey to strengthen the border with Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously stated that Ankara is ready to start a military operation in the Syrian city of Manbij against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) if the United States does not withdraw them.
Erdogan later said he had decided to postpone the start of the military operation in Syria after speaking on telephone with President Donald Trump on December 14 that resulted in Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.
On Friday, Syria’s General Staff declared the entry – at the request of the population – of the army in the previously Kurdish-occupied city of Manbij and hoisted the Syrian flag.
Previously, the YPG appealed to the Syrian government to establish control of areas left by its troops, particularly Manbij, and to protect them from the Turkish invasion. As Russian Presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said, the return of Kurdish-controlled regions to the Syrian government is a positive trend and expands the area of influence of Damascus.
This comes despite the Syrian Army for many years trying to make a peaceful deal with the Kurdish YPG, who always refused as they referred to serve America’s imperialist agenda. However, with Trump’s announcement that US troops will be leaving Syria, it has now forced the Kurdish YPG to finally start negotiations with the Syrian government unless they want to be completely annihilated by Turkey and the jihadists that it backs and supports. The government is willing to forgive the YPG despite hosting imperialist soldiers and killing many pro-government forces, especially in Qamishli.