Trump OKs Turkish Erdogan war in Syria

This Associated Press video from Belgium says about itself:

NATO ready to defend ally Turkey in exchanges with Syria

(9 Oct 2012) SHOTLIST

1. Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz, arriving at NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) headquarters in Brussels

2. Pan of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arriving

3. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen walking to podium

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary-General:

“First of all I would like to commend the Turkish government for the restraint it has shown in its response to the completely unacceptable Syrian attacks on Turkey. Obviously Turkey has a right to defend herself within international law. I would add to that, that obviously Turkey can rely on NATO solidarity, we have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.”

5. British Defence Minister Philip Hammond walking towards media

6. Cutaway of cameraman

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Philip Hammond, British Defence Minister: (Reporter asks about the BAE-EADS merger)

“Well we always knew that there was a crunch point this Wednesday and the company has to decide today whether it is going to ask the stock exchange for an extension of time or not. I’m hoping to meet my German, French and indeed my American counterparts during the course of this meeting to talk about this subject and I’ll perhaps have a word with you later on.”

8. German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere arriving

9. SOUNDBITE (German) Thomas de Maiziere, German Defence Minister:

“As the Chancellor has already said, and as the Foreign Minister and as I say, Germany stands firmly behind Turkey. We think that Turkey has reacted decisively and calmly and will further do so. We should all work on continuing this way.”

10. Yilmaz leaving

11. Exterior of NATO headquarters

12. Close of flags

After the ‘free world’ NATO military alliance repeatedly, eg in 2018, already supported the Turkish Erdogan regime invading Syria

Translated from Dutch NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The US government gives Turkey free rein in a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria. American troops there are withdrawing, reports the White House. This was preceded by a telephone conversation between President Trump and Turkish President Erdogan.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by the Kurds say that the Americans are not fulfilling their obligations and that the withdrawal has already begun. The SDF leadership also says they will “defend themselves” against the Turks.

The area on the border with Turkey was captured a few years ago by Kurdish troops … from ISIS. There are said to now be around 100 to 150 US Americans in the area. It is not clear when the Turkish military operation will start, but it would be “soon”. …

The Americans do not fully withdraw from Syria. The White House statement states that there will no longer be US forces in the “immediate vicinity” of the area where Turkey can now enter.

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