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AUGUST 2020

Syria’s Northeast Is On Brink Of New Round Of Escalation

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Syria's Northeast Is On Brink Of New Round Of Escalation

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On November 26, Turkey’s National Security Council said that the country will press ahead with its anti-terror operation in northern Syria until its goals are reached.

Operation Peace Spring, launched in October “contributes to peace and stability in the region” and “will continue until it reaches its goals, while taking all precautions to prevent harm to civilians”. the council, chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said in a statement.

The statement also said that Ankara expects the US and Russia to fulfill their agreements with Ankara as soon as possible to clear ‘terrorists’ (i.e. Kurdish armed  groups) from areas of northern Syria, including Tal Rifat and Manbij.

“We call on the international community to support Turkey, which aims for the safe and voluntary return of Syrians to their country without any discrimination based on ethnicity or religion,” the statement reads.

By this statement, Turkey once again accused Russia and the US of not fulfilling their commitments in the framework of the safe zone agreement. The previous accusation of this kind against Russia was made by Turkey’s Foreign Minister, but then rectracted by the Turkish side as a kind of missunderstanding. The new accusations demonstrate that Ankara is once again ready for a more agressive push of its own agenda in the region. The Turkish side seeks to continue its military operation in Syria’s northeast and clear it from the Kurds, most of whom it describes as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers.

Another interesting point is that Ankara’s declarations that it’s planning to resettle around 2m of refugees in the cleared region. The interesting fact is that most of these refugees are military aged men that fled the war. A majoirty of these ‘refugees’ does have anti-Assad views. A notable part of them supports various radical groups like ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (linked to al-Qaeda) or even former members of this or other similar groups.

Therefore, if Turkey achieves a success in its plan to resettle these refugees in northeastern Syria, it will be able to create another strongpoint of its influence in the country.

On his return flight from a visit to Doha, Erdogan already told journalists that he presented his refugee resettling plans to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, adding that “Mr Tamim liked our projects”.

On the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Syrian Kurds lost enthusiasm for efforts to resolve the situation in northeastern Syria in accordance with a Russian-Turkish memorandum as soon as US troops returned to the country’s north.

“I would advise Kurdish political leaders to stick to their word. Right after the memorandum had been signed [in Sochi] on October 22, we obtained Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s consent to implement it, and Kurdish leaders vigorously assured us that they would cooperate. However, in just a few days the United States changed its position and said that when withdrawing troops from Syria, they [the Americans] had forgotten about the need to protect oil fields to make sure that the Syrian government did not take control of them, and the Kurdish leadership immediately lost enthusiasm for cooperation in accordance with the Sochi agreement and once again opted to rely on the United States’ support,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out.

Lavrov said that the Kurds need to understand that efforts to ensure their rights require maintaining Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“To achieve this goal, they should build meaningful dialogue with the Syrian government. Once the Americans announced their withdrawal from Syria, they expressed readiness for dialogue but later they returned to a rather unconstructive position,” Lavrov noted. “So I would advise our Kurdish colleagues to be consistent and refrain from taking questionable actions as the situation changes.”

The remarks by the Russian foreign minister demonstrate that the Kurdish leadership’s perverted understanding of their commitments under the deal with the Damascus government and Russia has once again put them on the brink of a new Turkish military operation.

The pro-US Kurdish faction undermines the dialogue with Damascus and sabotages the implementation of the safe zone deal. At the same time, they exploit the protection provided by the Syrian Army and the Russians to provide own policies, often hostile towards Moscow and Damascus, in the region. If the Kurdish leaders continue to act this way, they may find themselves in the situation when there is no more Russian protection and the Turkish military operation is resumed.

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  • JoeAlpha

    Lavrov is right, it is no longer a surprise that the US influence on these Kurdish leaders is enormous. They became obedient and seemed willing to cooperate with the Syrian government when the US left them, but suddenly broke all their promises to Russia and the Syrian government when the US approached and whispered their sweet promises again. In this case Kurds are plants and Russia is the fence. So if they hate Russia it’s the same as plants that hate fences. Did they forget that outside the fence there is a sheep (Turkey) who is ready to prey on them without a fence protecting it? I’m sure there are still good and smart Kurdish people who understand this situation, get up and open your eyes, you are being played by your leaders!

  • Lupus

    The Turks will do the same like in Afrin: ethnic cleansing; replace the original inhabitants with Jihadi rat wahabi. Semi annexation of entire Northern Syria.

    • klove and light

      spot on…ofcourse they will…Turkey is the ARCH ENEMY OF SYRIA….Turkey is and was the number one Sponsor of sunni terrorism including Isis…….and the mess now in n.syria..ty to Zionist treacherous pig Putin.

      ps. as in recent articles proven…..the S-300 in syria is controleld by russian soldiers…so Need for any bs fairy takles on why the s-300 does not engage Zionist satanic Israel planes.

      Putin u fucking treacherous Zionist pig!!!

      • verner

        erdogan hates israel and netanyahu and turkey and erdogan would love to finish off israel together with Iran and syria and hezbollah. he just can’t stand the israelis. hates them vehemently and would like to see them clinically finished to kingdom come.

  • Andrei

    “We call on the international community to support Turkey, which aims for the safe and voluntary return of Syrians to their country without any discrimination based on ethnicity or religion,” the statement reads.
    Jihadists?????
    Sooo turkey openly admits that support jihadists…
    Alqaeda??
    ISIS?? As the interview with ISIS women/s???
    Islamic radicals??
    Wich ethnicity or religion???
    Turkey has the right to talk about discrimination???
    They are the ones killing Kurdish people in favour for Islam..
    Shame on you Turkey..
    You should be allowed to join NATO never
    You don’t belong to NATO.
    I will never ever travel again in Turkey

    • Derek Johnson

      I will never ever travel again in Turkey

      i am sure Erdogan will be very upset and the Turkish economy will tank because of your threat

      • EveryoneIsBiased

        Actually, with the Turkish economy being totally indebted, and heavily reliant on tourism, you just show you know nothing about the country.
        Especially Russian Tourism is a major factor.

  • gustavo

    Does any body doubt that Turkey (NATO member) is handled by USA and Putin knows it ? Russian are not stupid and know that there is something very very wrong with RUssia-Turkey relations (commercial and economical).

  • Mehmet Aslanak

    Kurdish workers party still hopes US will help them secure a communist statelet at a NATO ally’s border. I smell blood. Lots of it.

  • Rafik Chauhan

    KURDS AND TURKS BOTH ARE SLAVE OF US ZIONIST. RUSSIA AND SAA GIVE THEM LAST WARNING. RUSSIA SHOULD LET THIS TURKS AND KURDS KILLED EACH OTHER. AND LATER WHEN KURDS WANT TO TALK TO SYRIAN GOVERMENT FIRST CONDITION SHOLD BE KEPT IS TO DISRAM ALL SDF AND ASAYIS FORCE AND ALL OIL INSTALLATION WILL BE GIVEN BACK TO SYRIAN GOVERMENT.

    • verner

      can’t do that for obvious reasons, which you seem to fail to see. it’s a civil war with war like incidents and the parties just have to take the measures the situation calls for at each single moment – but on the whole the war goes according to plan and when they are done, syria will be back and turkey happily within its old borders.

      the only dissatisfied party will be the illegal settlers on palestine since they will be vulnerable to the extent that it will be terminated once and for alllll.

  • Wolfgang Wolf

    normal strategy… kurdish whores are selling their asses again to the US, so the turkish need to put more pressure on them, to drive the US out and the kurdish assholes back into Syria

  • Johan

    Maybe Assad, or Syria, took advantage of the leaving of the US to take to much and give to less at the Kurds. Each agreement between future partners is an equilibrium of giving and taking, except of course if you are forced to deal with Turks but in the civilised part of the world you handle it this way. Maybe Assad is to much a Turk.