US, Turkey Possible Conflict In North Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu urged the United States to stop supporting the Kurdish forces in the North of Syria. Looks like Washington has ‘lost’ Ankara’s credit.

At the same time Turkey keeps close contacts with Russia on the Syrian crisis, and a new round of peace talks on the conflict settlement in Astana is scheduled on March, 2018.

Though events in Afrin and Manbij are not likely to bring Turkey and USA on the brink of an open conflict, Washington may impose sanctions on Ankara if it’s necessary. And this will cause the degradation of relations between the two states. Also the United States continue their military support to the Kurdish forces in Northern Syria which makes Turkey extremely nervous as it is now conducting the Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against the Kurdish PKK which is on Ankara’s terrorist organizations list.

Moreover, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve Lieutenant-General Paul Funk said Pentagon would keep on supporting its allies (Kurds) in Northern Syria and maintain its military presence there despite Turkey’s protests.

This development may lead to Ankara’s refusal to follow Washington and support its policies as its’ obvious that the USA doesn’t even try to conceal its disregard for Turkey and international laws and agreements.

Concerning the facts Washington ignores international accords Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the United States must withdraw from Syria as its military presence there is illegal. At the same time he urged Turkey to drawdown its military operation in Syria’s Afrin.

The Iranian politicians also say that Washington uses Kurds to reach their own goals in the region, but they are interested in saving Syria’s unity, support its sovereignty and independence and want to live in unified country, so the US is doomed to fail in dividing Syria.

So, the political resolve of the Syrian crisis is needed badly but the military actions in the North of Syria can undermine the peace process.


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