Turkey's Military Intervention in Syria
|Monday, June 13,2011 17:09|
The Turkish government on Friday ordered its army to move into northern Syria .The announcement was made just two days before the country's general elections, as Syrians struggle desperately against Bashar's brutal armed forces.
Turkey's high command is still in the process of defining its military mission in Syria, which includes protecting civilian lives against a crackdown that is being described as 'barbaric'.
Supported by the poor and emerging middle classRecep Tayyip Erdogan who support the AKP's conservative values, Prime Minister Erdogan's Justice and Development Party will consult with opposition parties, civil society groups and academics in changing the constitution with the aim of resolving the country's Kurdish problem.
In the meantime, media reports have been highlighting the Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour near the Turkish border where 28 civilians were killed in residential areas as government tanks blasted it Friday night, punishing residents for the 120 officers and soldiers killed in clashes with protesters on June 6.
Military sources reported heavy fighting in Idlib and Maarat al-Numaan where the Syrian army encountered Muslim Brotherhood militia fighting alongside defecting soldiers.
Syrian government tanks and attack helicopters armed with heavy machine guns struck rebel positions in the north, and the casualty toll in this northern battleground is believed to be the highest of any day since uprisings started in early April.
The Turkish forces sent to Syria seek to stem the amount of Syrian refugees fleeing massacre at the hands of government forces. Turkey is not prepared to accept more than the 3,000 refugees from Jisr al-Shughour – who faced certain death - than it has already accepted. Turkish forces will also mark out a military zone on the Syrian side of the border where the Red Crescent will set up camps for Syrian refugees who will be sheltered under the –protection of the Turkish army. It will also establish a military buffer zone in the Kurdish region of northern Syria .
If Assad interprets Turkey 's mission as an act of war, fighting would inevitably result between the two armies.