On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that he ‘asked’ President Vladimir Putin for Russia to step aside in Syria and allow Turkey to take control.
One day after Putin in Russia ordered warships with cruise missiles to stand guard off the coast of Syria, Turkish president Erdogan unleashed drones and smart missiles to kill 48 of the Russian-supported pro-Syria troops. Not only that, but then Erdogan told Putin that he needed to step aside to allow Turkey to take control. If Putin says “nyet”, then what? Certainly Erdogan is already thinking in that direction, and is preparing a military response to either eventuality. Something tells me we just might already know Putin’s answer.
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.” Isaiah 17:1,3 (KJB)
We know that when we rightly divide, we understand Damascus becomes a ‘ruinous heap’ during the last half of the time of Jacob’s trouble, known as the great Tribulation period. But Damascus is certainly getting a pre-prophecy workout right now, to say the least. After nearly 9 years of horrific civil war, Syria has nearly half a million dead, with bombed out towns and cities as far as the eye can see. It’s only getting worse now that Turkey has joined the action.
So how ’bout it, Putin, you gonna step aside for Erdogan?
48 pro-Damascus troops in all had been killed by Turkish strikes over the past 24 hours.
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Turkish strikes using drones and smart missiles late on Friday that hit Hezbollah headquarters near Saraqeb killed nine of its members and wounded 30 in one of the bloodiest attacks on the Iran-backed group in Syria ever according to a commander in the regional alliance backing Damascus.
The Observatory said 48 pro-Damascus troops in all had been killed by Turkish strikes over the past 24 hours. On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that he had asked President Vladimir Putin for Russia to step aside in Syria and leave Turkey to deal with Syrian government forces alone, after 34 Turkish soldiers were killed this week.
Government forces, backed by Russian air power, have waged a major assault to capture the northwest province of Idlib, the last remaining territory held by rebels backed by Turkey.
Syrian and Russian warplanes on Saturday kept up air strikes on the Idlib city of Saraqeb, the Syrian Observatory war monitor reported. The strategic city sits on a key international roadway and has been a flashpoint of fighting in recent days.
With diplomacy sponsored by Ankara and Moscow to ease tensions in tatters, Turkey has come closer than ever to confrontation with Russia on the battlefield. Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan said he had told Putin in a phone call to stand aside and let Turkey “to do what is necessary” with the Syrian government alone.
He said Turkey does not intend to leave Syria right now.
“We did not go there because we were invited by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We went there because we were invited by the people of Syria. We don’t intend to leave before the people of Syria, ‘okay, this is done,” Erdogan added.
As tensions rose, Russia and Turkey have held three rounds of talks, the first two of which did not yield a ceasefire. READ MORE
Turkey’s Erdogan asks Russia’s Putin to step aside in Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to allow Turkey to deal with Syrian government forces alone. His remarks came after more than 30 Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Syria on Thursday. Meanwhile, he also ramped up pressure on the European Union by opening its borders for refugees. He said Turkey could no longer handle the new wave of people fleeing war-torn Syria.
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