United States to Keep Control Over Oil Fields in Syria

Friday, 15 Nov, 2019

Some in Congress denounce Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's repressive tactics at home and say he should never have been invited to the White House on Wednesday.

However, Nihat Ali Ozcan, a retired major now serving as a security analyst at Ankara-based think tank TEPAV, said: "It is usually challenging to prove in a trial that Daesh members committed any crimes because convictions do not usually have supporting evidence".

Media quoted a Turkey's newspaper as reporting that the U.S. man who had been repatriated was stuck in a heavily militarized no man's land between the Greece and Turkey border.

President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass told MSNBC Wednesday that the USA should not want a relationship with an authoritarian leader like Erdogan, and warned that Trump's apparent instinct to ingratiate himself with strongmen will be a smear on his presidency. He hosts Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has manipulated elections to stay in power, according to pro-democracy organizations in Ankara.

Erdogan, on the other hand, believes Kurdish forces in Syria are an extension of a separatist Kurdish group that has been fighting inside Turkey since the 1980s.

Outside of Syria, the USA and Turkey have clashed on Turkey's decision to buy Russia's S-400 missile defense system.

"When nobody was accepting these refugees, we did", he said. "I urge congressional leadership to seek a full accounting of discussions".

While Congress listened to evidence against Mr Trump in the impeachment inquiry, the U.S. president met Mr Erdogan on the White House's South Lawn, together with a military honour guard, before heading straight to the Oval Office. "President Erdogan must reverse course and recommit to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and our bilateral partnership". Trump defended his moves by saying that the goal was to provide the Kurds with some "cash flow" in a conversation with reporters in the White House in late October.

While Congress listened to evidence against Trump from two diplomats in the impeachment inquiry, the U.S. president met Erdogan on the White House's South Lawn, together with a military honor guard, before heading straight to the Oval Office.

U.S. -Turkish tensions are extremely high.

"The president is committed to direct engagement in diplomacy, where it is most critical", a senior Trump administration official said regarding the visit.

Then there's Turkey's purchase of Russian missile defence systems. They also insisted the United States had not abandoned the Kurds. He also expressed doubt about the USA -led alliance's security maxim that an attack on one ally would be treated as an attack on all.

FILE - In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, smoke billows from a fire in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Oct. 20, 2019, days after the declaration of a cease-fire.

The average sentence for fighters returning to European countries has been about five years of imprisonment, which generates serious domestic security threats if the returned European nationals can not go through an efficient rehabilitation process.