Syrian War Report – September 13, 2018: Turkey Abducts Suspect Of 2013 Reyhanli Bombing In Lattakia

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On September 12, Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) announced that it had abducted Yusuf Nazik, a suspect of the 2013 Reyhanli bombing, in the Syrian city of Lattakia and transported him to Turkey. According to the MIT, Nazik confessed that he participated in the 2013 attack on orders from Syrian intelligence units. He allegedly scouted the crime scene prior to the attack and moved explosives from Syria to Turkey.

On May 11, 2013, two car bombs exploded in the city of Reyhanli in Turkey’s Hatay Province killing 53 people. Then, the Turkish side accused the Syrian Intelligence and Turkish Marxist group Acilciler, now thought to be based in Syria, of being behind the attack. The Syrian side denounced these claims.

Then Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi de-facto placed responsibility for the attacks on the Turkish authorities. “It was the Turkish government that had facilitated the flow of arms, explosives, vehicles, fighters and money across the border into Syria” he stated adding that Ankara “had turned the border areas into centres for international terrorism”.

Other versions of the incident suggest that ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra (now known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) and other al-Qaeda-linked groups operating in the region may have been behind the attack.

In any case, the detention of Nazik and a new wave of Turkish accusations against the Damascus government over the 2013 bombing are a part of the ongoing standoff on the Idlib issue. Ankara’s efforts to show Syria as a state supporter of terrorism are designed to allow the Erdogan regime to take an upper hand in this standoff and to promote Turkish interests within Syria. A part of these interests is to rescue militant groups operating in Idlib and to keep this area outside of the zone of control of Damascus, thus creating another Turkish-occupied zone within the war-torn country.

On the same day, commanders of Turkish-backed groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) revealed to Reuters that Turkey has increased weapon supplies, including unguided rockets, to militant groups in the province of Idlib and nearby areas.

According to pro-government sources, militants already used a part of the supplied rockets to shell the government-controlled areas north of Lattakia city, particularly Sqoubin, al-Qanjarah, Demsarkho and Ugarit.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) made an advance against ISIS cells in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert securing the areas of Wadi Salhub and Bi’r Hajjah. The SAA and the NDF are now working to secure the entire road heading towards the T3 pumping station. Then, according to pro-government sources, they will be able to focus on securing the Doubayat gas field and the settlements of Bir Naji, Barabij, Sarayim and Nayriyah.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the villages of al-Baghuz Fawqani and al-Kasrah as well as eliminated 41 ISIS members during the first 48 hours of their operation against ISIS in the Hajin pocket, the SDF announced.

The US-backed force is now developing its advance in the area aiming to eliminate the last ISIS stronghold on this bank of the Euphrates.

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  • Trustin Judeau

    So Turks are again arming the jihadists in Northern Syria or they have never stopped in the first place. Erdogan showing again his true colors.

    • paul ( original )

      I find it hard not to loath the Turks. Why anyone would trust them is beyond my understanding.

    • gustavo

      Despite the economical interest in Turkey, I hope Russia have the right answer to this (Turkey) terrorists supporter and protector. No mercy to these invaders.

      • Icarus Tanović

        I hope that too. No mercy for invaders.

    • Icarus Tanović

      Seem so. Turks are untrustworthy people.

  • Hind Abyad

    Turkey,, that still denies the Armenian Genocide, is a Vipers Nest.

    • Skagos

      You rebel against your country; you get killed. As simple as that.

    • Icarus Tanović

      Indeed.

  • alejoeisabel

    Turkey follows its own interests which includes intervention in the internal affairs of its neighbors. Notice that Turkey repudiates the CIA failed coup attempt against Erdogan, but has the hypocrisy to attempt the same against Bashar Assad. The best politics for Turkey is Eurasian integration and the abandonment of his neo Ottoman illusions.

  • leon mc pilibin

    The lies just keep on popping up,day by day,The truth is so dangerous,that it has to be surrounded by a pack of lies.

  • Hide Behind

    The White Helmets are all refreshed after being evacuated By US and Nato, and being given tickets back to homes in Euro nations, Canada and Great Britain.
    There they relax and spend the coins for services rendered and to recieve training for next mission..
    In reality they are but mercenaries without guns and are part of American, Brit and NATO military operations.
    It was recently revealed that Canada pays out over 50,000 yearly in Canadian dollars, with free rent, medical, education for kids and themselves.
    Given a $5600 Canadian up front check upon crossing borders, two Syrian males can claim being brothers and each get the same 50K per year, even if they find jobs.
    European and American citizens taxes pay for the US foreign policy of continuous wars, and they have had no idea of the cost of refugee programs.
    US uses immigration as a tool to implement its war making by allowing allies to come to their borders so we can install military bases and Eurocentric industrial concerns in those nations.
    Turkey aided its peoples to go as cheap labor to Germany in order to enter NATO, get World Bank Loans and free military equipment.
    Turkey was US ally in Iraq wars and is still an ally in dividing up Syria and to elliminate Assad.
    Turkey has always been an untrustworthy partner but Eurocentrics have always known that.
    Erdogan for all his macho bombast is in reality no more than a minor patsy to US and NATO.
    I doubt that Putin and Russia put any more trust in Erdogan than does US.
    Erdogan at least knows if he openly defys Russia so as to harm Russians in Syria, Russia with its military would make Turkey worse than any Syrian or Iraq city now is.
    The tarrifs S has placed on Turkey has put Erdogan between a rock and hard place as Turkish money is crashing into worthless, and World Bank refusing his payments to then with those worthless coins.
    Interesting chess match Turkey is part of, as all they have are pawns in the game.

    • Sakaramanga

      yeah the world is a mess because of US wars fought for ”the elite” who are a bunch of families predominantly jewish zionists. and the US gov’t and the rest of the world can not do much about it.

  • Harsha