The Civil War in Syria has been raging since March 2011, with many parties involved overtly and covertly. Turkey have been an active part of the conflict for years, where they are trying to walk a fine line between their newfound friendship or at least commonality of focus with Russia, geo-political interests in the north of Syria and whatever remains of their relationship with EU and USA.
Earlier today a large offensive action was carried out by the Turkish forces, against what was believed to be Kurdish fighters from Kurdish YPK, with an aim to dividing up parts of the Kurdish forces and thus weakening their position. The Turkish Soldiers held nothing back, having lost many of their friends in the fights, and used excessive amounts of force. In fact, they seem to have gone too far and none of the enemies were taken captive… Or alive.
However it seems that the Intel was wrong.
Because what they in fact attacked were Syrian forces as part of the 4th Syrian Armored Division, with embedded Russian advisors and Hezbollah support troops, which in itself is very bad.
Even more worrisome, then the whole battle was recorded by a Turkish UAV, which was downed by the enemy and who’s data cannot with certainty be expected to have been destroyed.
The data still contained in the UAV – were it to fall into Syrian, Russian or Kurdish hands would be catastrophic, and make Turkey’s military, political and therefore also political situation very hard. Not to mention leaving little room for an alternative interpretation of what happened.
This must not happen under any circumstances.
Mission: Attack to secure UAV crash site to retrieve & recover sensitive data and information.
For in depth mission plans and sign ups head to this thread.