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CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell reports that the Turkish invasion of northern Syria is not really a well-intentioned attempt to fight terrorists.  He says there’s actually a strong element of Islamic jihad at the heart of Turkey’s agenda.  Mitchell has reported in recent years from Kobani in northern Syria and has firsthand knowledge of these Kurdish allies of America.  Here he offers insightful analysis about the situation.  He explains that northern Syria is one of the few spots where an early democratic form of government has been taking root in the aftermath of Syria’s horrific civil war, and Turkey’s invasion will likely put an end to that.

He says Turkey’s tyrannical President Recep Erdogan is using jihadist allies to launch a war against the Kurdish forces that fought the war against ISIS with the US.  And there’s another element of the population at stake: the persecuted Christians of Syria.  “Many of the people that fled the Armenian genocide 100 years ago fled to this area of Turkey,” Mitchell says, and now he says Erdogan’s attempt to revive the glory of the Ottoman Empire is targeting their descendants.  Roughly 100,000 Syrian Christians are at risk in the region.  “This is not just a terror campaign against what they call terrorists.  This is in many ways a jihad.

The director of Turkish religious affairs is asking the mosques of Turkey, to pray conquest prayers from the Koran.   “There’s also a newspaper that said ‘go tell the unbelievers that the army of Mohammad is coming,” Mitchell explains.  “They see this as a jihad.  A jihad against the unbelievers including the Christians, the Yazidis, and the Kurds. Mitchell explains that Turkey is twisting the facts, because the Kurdish PKK, which is seen as a terrorist group, is actually based in Turkey, not Syria.  And the YPG, which is the Kurdish group that joined with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, are not terrorists but are democratic allies of the US.

If those SDForces are driven out or destroyed, this will allow other enemies of the US and Israel, like Iran, which has propped up the Assad regime, to gain even more of a foothold in the region.  “In fact, if the SDF do surrender to the Assad regimes, that opens the door to the Iranians.  It would help them build a bridge all the way from Tehran to the Mediterranean.  “And Israel is taking note of this.  And they’re thinking if the United States won’t back their main ally the Kurds, they’re seeing this as the United States being weak in the region.  When people are weak in the Middle East, the other strong people take advantage of that.  That’s what President Erdogan is doing right now.

Source: CBN News