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World US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria

08:55  07 october  2019
08:55  07 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Turkey launches airstrike after US confirms withdrawal

  Turkey launches airstrike after US confirms withdrawal Fears a US withdrawal from Syria will leave Kurdish fighters exposed to Turkish invasion have materialised amid reports of an airstrike by Ankara. Turkish combat aircraft carried out an airstrike against a Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) military base in Syria's Hasakah province, local media reports. It came after US President Donald Trump defended a decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria, saying it was too costly to keep supporting US allied, Kurdish-led forces in the region fighting Islamic State militants.https://twitter.

The Turkish assault underscores the deepening ties between Russia and Turkey — a relationship that has rebounded from the nadir of November 2015, when The United States has taken some steps to reassure Mr. Erdogan. It stopped supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds , now that the operation to

ISTANBUL — Turkey intensified its offensive against a Kurdish enclave of Syria on Monday, advancing troops in a ground assault against American-allied militias there, in a clash of interests between the two NATO allies.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday that U.S. forces in northeast Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault, essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the yearslong battle to defeat Islamic State militants.

For months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch the military assault against Kurdish forces across the border he views as a threat to his country. Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing the Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds, sending a troubling message to American allies across the globe.

Syria: Kurds vow to form 'human shields' to fend off looming push

  Syria: Kurds vow to form 'human shields' to fend off looming push Turkey has long warned of operation in the region to set up 'safe zone' to host Syrian refugees and push out enemies.Sitting in "huge tents", people of all ages have begun gathering in the towns of Ras al-Ain, Tal Abyad and Kobane.

BEIRUT – Syria 's Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the United States , and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey 's assault on a key stronghold in Syria . The issue reflects a deeper concern among the Kurds over their alliance with the Americans

Operation targeting ‘terror nests’ would risk inflaming tensions between Trump administration and Ankara.

U.S. troops "will not support or be involved in the operation" and "will no longer be in the immediate area," in northern Syria, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an unusual late-Sunday statement that was silent on the fate of the Kurds. There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in Northern Syria, and a senior U.S. official said they will pull back from the area — and potentially depart the country entirely should widespread fighting break out between Turkish and Kurdish forces.

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 11, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as they arrive together for a family photo at a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The White House says Turkey will soon invade Northern Syria, casting uncertainty on the fate of the Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S. against in a campaign against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, July 11, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as they arrive together for a family photo at a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The White House says Turkey will soon invade Northern Syria, casting uncertainty on the fate of the Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S. against in a campaign against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) The announcement followed a call between President Donald Trump and Erdogan, the White House said.

Turkey dismisses US threats, amasses troops on Syrian border

  Turkey dismisses US threats, amasses troops on Syrian border Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning. Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning.

Turkey v Islamic State v the Kurds : What's going on? Attempts to broker a peace deal have repeatedly failed, but on Thursday, world leaders agreed to work towards a so-called cessation of hostilities in Syria within a week. The US and Russian presidents agreed in a "frank and business-like" phone call

The Kurds fear that ultimately they and their dream of self-rule will be the losers in the big powers' play over influence in Syria . Already the U . S . is in a tough spot But it also implicitly criticized the Turkish assault as unhelpful. "Increased violence in Afrin disrupts what was a relatively stable area of Syria .

The decision is a stark illustration of Trump's focus on ending American overseas entanglements — one of his key campaign promises. But his goal of swift withdrawals in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have been stymied by concerns from U.S. officials and American allies about the dangerous voids that would remain. As he faces an impeachment inquiry at home, Trump has grown more mindful about making good on his political pledges, even at the risk of sending a troubling signal to American allies abroad.

Since January, U.S. officials have tried to broker the creation of a "safe zone" in Northern Syria to provide a security buffer between the Turkish military and Kurdish forces, but Turkey has repeatedly objected to its slow implementation.

The White House announcement came a day after Erdogan offered the strongest warning yet of a unilateral military operation into northeastern Syria, as the Turkish military has been dispatching units and defense equipment to its border with the area.

Trump calls Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria ‘a bad idea’ as Republican criticism mounts

  Trump calls Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria ‘a bad idea’ as Republican criticism mounts U.S. forces “should never have been there in the first place,” president tweets days after ordering troop withdrawal from the area.President Trump urged Turkey on Wednesday to protect civilians and safeguard Islamic State prisons as it launched a military operation in northern Syria against Syrian Kurdish forces, saying the United States would hold its NATO ally responsible for the consequences of its decision to attack a key U.S. counterterrorism partner.

Over the weekend, Turkish troops launched an aerial and ground assault on American-allied Kurdish militias in Syria . Here is what you need to know. Aren’t the U . S . and Turkey friends? Only to a point. As NATO allies, they are obliged to come to each other’s aid in the event of an attack.

Syria ’s Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the United States , and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey ’s assault on a key stronghold 28, 2018, file photo, pro- Turkey Syrian fighters and Turkish troops secure the Bursayah hill, which separates the Kurdish -held enclave of Afrin from

"We have given all kinds of warning regarding the (area) east of the Euphrates to the relevant parties. We have acted with enough patience," Erdogan said.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces threatened to respond forcefully to any Turkish incursion.

"We will not hesitate to turn any unprovoked attack by Turkey into an all-out war on the entire border to DEFEND ourselves and our people," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted Saturday.

A Kurdish official speaking on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to brief reporters said Monday they expect a limited Turkish operation and are still working to ascertain what will happen with American forces in the region. The official said the view is that Kurdish-led forces have a legitimate right to self-defense.

Turkey considers the People's Protection Units, or YPG, an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has waged an insurgency against Turkey for 35 years.

A senior U.S. official said Sunday that American troops will pull back from the security zone in northeastern Syria, where they have been working with Turkish troops, to an unspecified out-of-the-way location. There have been U.S. troops around Manbij.

Trump says US secured 'most dangerous' IS fighters in Syria

  Trump says US secured 'most dangerous' IS fighters in Syria US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that particularly dangerous Islamic State group fighters held by the Kurds in northeast Syria had been removed to US custody ahead of a Turkish attack Wednesday. "We are taking some of the most dangerous ISIS fighters out and we're putting them in different locations where it's secure," Trump said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group. "We have taken a certain number of ISIS fighters who are particularly bad and we've wanted to make sure nothing happened to them with respect to getting out," he said.

Erdoğan also expressed disappointment that US -backed Kurdish fighters in Syria had not left the town of Manbij, as agreed in a US - Turkish deal brokered this year. Paramount for Turkey is countering any claims by the Kurds for autonomy and stopping any momentum stemming from their successful

Turkey , which has been furious over American support for the Kurds , is a NATO ally, while the Kurds have been critical American partners in the war The debate over the partnership with the Kurds is taking place as the Kurds continue to play a major role fighting alongside the Americans in Syria .

The official added that if Turkey goes ahead with the incursion into Syria, it is expected to trigger a large combat response from the SDF, and U.S. troops will almost certainly withdraw completely from Syria. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

In December, Trump announced he was withdrawing American troops from Syria but was met with widespread condemnation for abandoning Kurdish allies to the Turkish assault. The announcement prompted the resignation in protest of then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and a coordinated effort by then-national security adviser John Bolton to try to protect the Kurds.

U.S. defense leaders have long known that America would not get into an all-out war with Turkey, a NATO ally. But that has been stalled until now by aggressive negotiations by the U.S., urging Turkey against invading. The official said senior leaders never believed that the U.S. would go to war to save the Kurds, but just hoped to put off that scenario.

The official said U.S. leaders have spoken with the SDF and that the group, which has long fought alongside the U.S. against IS, is disappointed and angry.

Mattis and other Pentagon leaders had worried that withdrawal would lead to a resurgence of IS in the country, particularly if the SDF abandon the prisons holding the fighters to battle Turkey.

Australia has 'deep concerns' about Syria

  Australia has 'deep concerns' about Syria Australia has expressed its deep concerns about Turkey's incursion into Syria to the Turkish government and the United States.Australia is worried Turkey's military incursion into Syria will lead to the resurgence of Islamic State.

Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern Syria , pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist Turkish leaders have said the U . S . is not doing enough to establish the safe zone, which could house some 2-3 million Syrians who fled the Syrian

Turkish president defies Russia, the US and Bashar al-Assad with assault on Kurds in Syria .

The White House statement Sunday said Turkey will take custody of foreign fighters captured in the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group who have been held by the Kurdish forces supported by the U.S.

Ambassador James Jeffrey, the State Department envoy to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group, and Trump have said the Kurds have custody of thousands of captured Islamic State militants. They include about 2,500 highly dangerous foreign fighters from Europe and elsewhere whose native countries have been reluctant to take them back and another 10,000 or so captured fighters from Syria and Iraq.

Trump has repeatedly demanded that European countries, particularly France and Germany, take back their citizens who joined the militant organization.

Kurdish officials have expressed concerns of a possible breakout by IS prisoners in case of fighting in the area. In a recently released audio recording, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps.

IS was defeated in Iraq in 2017. In Syria it lost its last territory in March, marking the end of the extremists' self-declared caliphate. Despite these battlefield defeats, IS sleeper cells have continued to launch attacks in both Iraq and Syria.

For Syria Kurds, the end of autonomy? .
After years of working towards autonomy, Syria's Kurds have been dropped by their US ally and forced to call in the Damascus regime to stem a six-day Turkish offensive. But as President Bashar al-Assad's forces deploy towards the northern border, is the Kurdish minority giving up on autonomy?Why bring in the regime?Syria's Kurds have largely stayed out of the country's eight-year civil war, instead building their own institutions in regions they control in northern and northeastern Syria.

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