Backed SDF Considering Sending Reinforcements to Afrin Amid Turkish Op

Smoke rises after an airstrike on Mosul by the US-led coalition last summer

But continued American assistance means the Pentagon will get to have a say in what happens in that vast expanse of desert - which, in its most geopolitically broad definition, runs from Iran to Israel - in the coming years.But there is one friend the U.S. may have failed to take into consideration - Turkey, whose leaders are enraged by the announcement of the new border force.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the USA of "building an army of terror" on his border and threatened to "drown" the US-backed force. This list included vanquishing al-Qaeda, ousting Iran, and securing a peace settlement that excludes Assad from power. And as usual, Iran is described in general pejoratives-the lead adjective on the subject in Tillerson's speech was "malignant"-without addressing exactly how Iran's position in, and relationship with, Syria threatens any USA interests".

By way of conclusions, clearly, Syria wants to reassert control over all its territory, including areas now controlled by the Kurds/SDF. We are very alert to it. But aside from a complete withdrawal, there are few other options for the United States strategically. "I am referring principally to Iran", said Tillerson.

"France is preoccupied with the brutal deterioration of the situation in Syria". Two people died and 12 others were wounded when a rocket hit a camp housing Syrian rebel fighters near the border in Turkey's Hatay province, local reports said.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for an emergency Security Council meeting amid the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria after Turkey launched an assault on the northeastern Syrian city of Afrin to clear the region of Kurdish militia units that Ankara considers major security threats.

A total of 58 suspects were arrested across Turkey on Monday for promoting the PYD/PKK terrorist group on their social media accounts, according to a security official.

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Bagheri said, "Syria's territorial integrity, independence and government must not be damaged, and Turkey must clarify that it does not have expectations on Syrian land". 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.

Nicholas Heras, a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, indicated that Tillerson is bringing two new strategic elements to the US role in Syria.

The persistence of an IS threat in Syria will be less a function of a continued Assad regime than of a continued Syrian civil war. Second, that "the Trump team will keep the US military inside of Syria, however long it takes, to ensure its goals are met". The Turkish-Russian-Iranian coordination has benefited them and served them better through the de-escalation zones while the U.S. has lost and this has been realized later on, prompting the American government to keep up with the status quo in Syria to turn the military balance.

The United States, meanwhile, has armed and aided the YPG as its main ground allies against Islamic State militants. The administration has in effect made a decision to immerse the United States in yet another foreign war.

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