A US military convoy consisting of about 100 vehicles has entered Syria from Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on January 15. According to the report, the column included multiple vehicles and logistic equipment for bases of the US-led coalition in the eastern Euphrates region.
This development comes amid the developing uncertainty over the expeted withdrawal of US forces in Syria. In fact, the continued supplies of military equipment to US-led coalition bases and Kurdish armed groups in northeastern Syria confirms that the alleged withdrawal is not going to take place in the nearest future.
Meanwhile, the US and Turkey are holding negotiations on the creation of a 32-km safe zone in northern Syria. According to reports, this zone could become a part of the US-Turkish deal to prevent Ankara’s attack on US-backed Kurdish groups in the area.
Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported on the topic the following:
In a phone call this week, the U.S. president reaffirmed the American troop pullout from Syria, as well as a 32-kilometer (20-mile) safe zone in Syria to be established by Turkey, said Turkey’s president on Tuesday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remarks in an address to lawmakers of his Justice and Development (AK) Party at parliament in the capital Ankara.
On Monday Erdogan held a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, discussing the idea of a terror-free safe zone in northern Syria.
Erdogan said he told Trump that Turkey embraces all people in Syria without any discrimination.
“We also told him that the PKK/YPG tortures the groups in Syria that do not depend on them. We also said that we have given all document on this issue to his advisers,” Erdogan said.
He added that the two presidents agreed to increase the Turkish-U.S. trade volume to $75 billion.
The phone call came after Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” conflating “Kurds” with the terrorist PKK/YPG, a conflation that Turkey has repeatedly criticized.