So, even by usual standards, there is a problem emerging:
(There’s a neat double entendre in here if one relaxes the assumption that a state cannot be a terrorist while still controlling the police department.)
So, pop quiz: How many armies can you bring into close contact before something goes badly? (This is about an hour old.)
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least six Syrian regime soldiers were wounded and a dozen taken captive in clashes with Turkish forces and their Syrian militia proxies on Tuesday near Ras al-Ain, a war monitor reports. Russian military police also reportedly came under fire.
“Heavy fighting erupted for the first time between the Syrian and Turkish armies,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports.
Artillery and machine gun fire were exchanged near the village of Assadiya, south of Ras al-Ain.
Videos circulating on Telegram by pro-militia groups purportedly show several Syrian regime soldiers detained in the village of Tel Hawa being kicked and insulted by militiamen.
In a separate video, a regime soldier can be seen being led away by a militiaman holding him by his collar.
Another video shows a militiaman posing with the body of a regime soldier, who has been shot in the head, blood spilling on the concrete floor.
“The regime pigs,” the militiaman says, pointing at the body.
Turkish mortar fire wounded four civilians in the town of Darbasiyah as a Russian military police patrol was passing through the area, according to the Syrian regime’s official news agency SANA and North Press Agency.
“[Four] civilians were injured in [Darbasiyah] by a shell launched by Turkish military at the border crossing when Russian military police arrived at the crossing,” NPA tweeted.
First actual violent contact between Turkish Tripp’s proper and Syrian regime army troops.
Turkish backed militia continue to commit, film, and share video of war crimes without any repercussions. Besides combat, I mean.