Turkey-Syria ceasefire extended, Kurdish struggle to hold 12000 Islamic State suspects

Wednesday, 23 Oct, 2019

Mr Erdogan has said he could accept the presence of Syrian troops in those areas, as long as the YPG are pushed out.

Russian Federation is an ally of Assad.

Has Turkey achieved its objectives?

But he said in a tweet Monday that the US would only "temporarily reposition" troops from Syria "in the region" until they could return home. Battle-weary YPG forces were no match for the powerful Turkish army.

Meetings between the Kurdish delegation and Trump administration officials reportedly turned testy.

KING: All right. So how do Erdogan's actions on Syria fit into his broader agenda for Turkey?

US President Donald Trump additionally weighed in on the event, calling it "excellent news" in a tweet on Monday night time.

In this context, news reports that Germany's Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will present a proposal for an internationally controlled security zone on the Syria-Turkey border to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies make the upcoming meeting much more important.

Yet establishing this zone is just the precursor to Mr Erdogan's three primary objectives. Despite a tenuous and temporary ceasefire announced late last week - one that Turkish officials referred to as an operational "pause" - aid officials are preparing plans to host up to 50,000 refugees who may seek to cross the border from Syria into Iraq. An hour and a half later, after exercising all options to delay the story, the spokesperson issued a statement describing its "efforts to foster a durable, lasting end to the Syrian civil war".

Acknowledging the lower chamber's passage of a resolution last week, that condemned the "abrupt withdrawal of United States military personnel from certain parts of Northeast Syrian", Sen. These outcomes could take many years to eventuate.

One defense official said while the emphasis on oil in Syria is meant to convince the president that the USA military presence is valuable, securing the oil fields is not a military strategy. It's under the control of the Kurds - and they have been selling to their new partner the Assad regime. The Iraqi announcement appeared to contradict U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper, who a day earlier stated the forces leaving Syria would deploy in Iraq to combat the Islamic State group.

The statement by the Iraqi military, however, said that all American troops that withdrew from Syria have permission to enter northern Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, and then from there to be relocated out of Iraq.

In fact, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria were on the verge of falling, and the elements for military success were largely in place. This would allow the department time to gather "information from a few different sources" that might yield "meaningful, useful answers", the spokesperson explained in an email. "Likely not high, but that is uncertain". He told "Fox News Sunday" that "the quickest way to get them out of danger was to get them into Iraq".

This is where Russian Federation and Putin come in.

In April, the Syrian government and its Russian allies launched an intensified bombardment of the region.

Erdogan is "a thief", Assad told the troops. Negotiations will be done through Mr Putin. But there has also been - have been attempts to expand the places from which Turkey buys defense equipment - the S-400 air defense missiles from Russian Federation. Turkey has suggested it wants Russian Federation to persuade the Syrian government to cede it control over a major chunk of territory in the northeast.

After six hours of talks with Erdogan in Sochi, Putin expressed satisfaction at decisions he described as "very important, if not momentous, to resolve what is a pretty tense situation which has developed on the Syrian-Turkish border". They were both in the Oval Office among the roughly dozen people listening to Trump's phone calls with the Kurdish general and Erdogan.

Regardless of what happens, Turkey will stay in northern Syria for the foreseeable future, no matter the cost to both countries. Assad has repeatedly said he will eventually restore government control over all parts of Syria.