The invasion of northern Syria by Turkey was not triggered, as Ankara claims, by the latest suicide attack on Gaziantep, which saw scores of Kurdish civilians dead or injured, but was the culmination of a plan hatched around 18 months ago, with subsequent US approval. Although, it seems Turkish president Erdogan failed to fully brief Washington on his plans to attack US allies, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Secret negotiations between Turkey and Syria were conducted by Turkish intelligence officers and former military heads, accused of being part of Turkey’s ‘deep state’. These talks took place in parallel with a campaign of terror in Turkey, aimed mainly at Kurds. According to evidence released by Wikileaks – see below – this campaign was engineered by state-run death squads directly linked to those same ‘deep state’ forces.
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