A retired Lebanese army general says Turkey is supporting terrorist groups against the Kurds in Syria as Ankara is fearful of their union with the Kurdish state of Iraq, Press TV reports.
“There is no doubt that Turkey is supporting the al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and all of the Jihadist groups against the Kurds because Turkey is really afraid that this region of the Kurds will later move into a mini-state and will be connected to the Kurdish state of Iraq and also it will present a major and real threat to the unity of Turkey,” Hisham Jaber said.
He added that the Kurds are currently united and seek to achieve self-governance in their region and drive out all extremist Jihadists.
Jaber noted that the Kurds’ fight against al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front does not target the Syrian government.
Arabic-language al-Alam News Network reported early this month that the foreign-backed militants fighting the Syrian government attacked Tal Abyad district of Raqqa governorate in Kurdish-populated northern Syria, killing 330 women and elderly men as well as 120 children.
The massacre came a week after al-Nusra militants attacked two Kurdish villages in Aleppo and took around 200 civilians hostage.
Fighting between Kurdish militia and al-Qaeda-linked groups has been escalating in north and northeastern Syria after Kurdish fighters, who are opposed to foreign interference in Syria, managed to push back militants from several positions in the area.
On July 30, a powerful Kurdish militia said it is mobilizing against al-Qaeda-linked militant groups in northeastern Syria after a Kurdish opposition leader was killed in the area.
Jaber further ruled out the possibility of Israel’s attack on Syria due to its “catastrophic” consequences.
“I do not think that Israel will interfere physically or militarily besides some airstrikes that they used back in some time, and they may make it later but they will not invade Syria in any circumstances because it will be catastrophic for them,” Jaber said.
A report published by Russia Today on July 15 revealed that the Israeli regime used a Turkish military base to launch one of its airstrikes that targeted depots in Syria’s port city of Latakia on July 5.
On May 5, Syria said the Israeli regime had carried out an airstrike targeting a research center in a suburb of Damascus, following heavy losses of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups by the Syrian army. According to Syrian media reports, Israeli rockets struck the Jamraya Research Center.
The Tel Aviv regime has launched attacks on Syria several times since the beginning of 2013.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the Takfiri militants operating inside Syria.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million displaced in Syria due to the violence.