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Turkey rejects military operation limited to Syria's Afrin

Turkey rejects military operation limited to Syria's Afrin

This one, because of the mini-state, did. Erdogan and his associates seem far more interested in waging war on the Kurds than on Islamic extremists.

Turkey says its troops have seized territory from the Kurdish militia. But as a military target, it has lost. Turkish anger at US support for the YPG is one of a number of issues that have brought relations between the United States and its biggest Muslim ally within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to the breaking point in recent months.

Some days later, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied this statement completely. Nor did Tillerson address how a continued modest troop presence could have done what an earlier USA military presence in Iraq of 160,000 troops could not do.

The French initiative, however, faced stiff resistance from the Turks.

Of course, the Syrian government has never agreed to the presence of the US military. While some of the individual situations appear to be deescalating, it is hard to be optimistic about the potential for enough stabilisation that the region can focus on investing more in building better lives for its people.

"The United States is very concerned about the situation in northwest Syria, especially the plight of innocent civilians who are now faced with an escalation in fighting".

Six people were also arrested in Bursa for allegedly promoting propaganda for the KCK/PKK terrorist group.

But that was then, and now is something different.

Brennan's speech was at that time at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Colorado when he elucidated that he does not know whether or not Syria would be put back together again as there has been so much blood spilled, pointing out that he was not sure that he would see a unified Syria in his lifetime. The secretary said what one would expect the chief us diplomat to say regarding the importance of resolving the conflict, but USA diplomacy has been playing at most a backseat role. Second, that "the Trump team will keep the USA military inside of Syria, however long it takes, to ensure its goals are met".




The U.S. policy is still to have President Bashar al-Assad removed as Syria's leader.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.

Second, as with anything the Trump administration mentions about the Middle East, there is always the bogeyman of Iran.

These goals outline the reality that pursuing ISIS has led to the USA being entangled into other regional conflicts, making it doubtful that the US troops will be pulled out of the region in the near future.

Tillerson's speech reflects U.S. interest in non-stop involvement in Syria even if the terrorist organisations are crushed. The U.S. was obsessed about limiting Iran's influence and protecting Israel, so it didn't care about Turkey's objections. "It is a really risky situation", he said.

Later, Tillerson downplayed concerns about rising tensions between Turkey and the United States. Syria appears to be progressing well towards a political solution, but there are also signs of increasing chaos.

Freedom House, a Washington-based watchdog, downgraded Turkey to "not free" from "partly free" in an annual report this month.

It was not immediately clear when the U.N. Security Council will convene, but the reported that Frants Klintsevich, a senior member of Russia's legislature and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Moscow plans to use the emergency meeting to demand halt its advance.


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