Turkey has offered the US to deploy in Syria, American troops. Previously about similar intentions reported by the American media, with reference to the Pentagon. Apparently, Ankara and Washington want to create in the area of El-Baba quasi – enclave under joint control. It carries serious risks not only to Damascus, but Moscow.
Sunday at the Munich security conference foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the American side the suggestion was made to send to Syria a limited contingent of special forces to support local security forces. It happened two days ago during a visit to Turkey chief of staff U.S. army General Joseph Dunford.
“In the North of Syria will create a quasi-state, where, considering the views of Ankara and its controlled opposition, will live, only the Arabs and the Turkomans”
Cavusoglu also said that the operation of the Turkish armed forces and the “Free Syrian army” “shield of the Euphrates” has proved its efficiency as an example “of cooperation between local units of special purpose troops of Turkey, which the Syrian forces have strong support on the ground.” He promised that al-Bab will be taken soon, after which you can carry out a joint operation to capture Raqqa – together with allies in the coalition of the United States.
We will remind that on Thursday the Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar ja’afari demanded that Turkey immediately withdraw from Syria. “Turkey cannot build a fire and perform the role of a fireman in Syria, so Ankara must withdraw its forces from Syrian territory and respect the communiqué of the first meeting in Astana on Syrian sovereignty”, – he stressed.
It is doubtful that Damascus will be happy if Turkish troops in Syria and more will be added American.
It is significant that earlier in the us media, citing Pentagon rumors that the US itself is going to expand its military presence in Syria. In particular, the question was about to send to Syria, the conventional armed forces, but this proposal is not directed at the us administration.
As stated by the Pentagon spokesman, “perhaps you will see how conventional forces (USA) landed for a while in Syria.” “We are in the process of the 30-day study strategy to destroy ISIS*, as requested by the President, as part of this, we consider a number of measures to accelerate the campaign, but no decision yet made,” – said the representative of the military. Must make a decision the Donald trump.
2014 USA strike in Syria strikes on ISIS positions without the permission of Damascus. Also, there are groups of us special forces who are assisting local forces in opposition to the government of Bashar al-Assad. The special forces, according to official data, do not enter into combat with terrorists.
By the way, at the end of that year, President Barack Obama announced the end of an era of major military operations, the United States and assured the soldiers returning from Afghanistan: America will no longer use ground troops in such operations. However, in 2016, he broke his promise: the coalition headed by the USA decided to change their tactics and engage the army to combat “Islamic state*” in Syria and Iraq. However, sending regular combat units in Syria, the White house has not approved.
Turkey and the US want to create in the North of Syria, a quasi-state
The Director of the Center for the study of the Middle East and Central Asia semen Bagdasarov thinks that Cavusoglu announced the proposal to introduce a limited contingent of American troops in Syria is the result of certain understandings reached during recent telephone conversations between Donald trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “There was discussed joint actions in Syria. Let me remind you that Turkish troops storming the city of al-Bab and goes with varying degrees of success several times, there were reports and allegations that Ankara is controlled by the opposition forces together with the Turkish troops had fully established control over the city, but later turned out that the terrorists threw them back. And most importantly, Turkey and the United States apparently agreed on a joint operation to capture Raqqa”, – said the expert newspaper VIEW. Also orientalist reminded about the recent visit to Ankara, CIA Director Mike Pompeo. “During the talks with Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim for the extradition of Gulen is also, apparently, discussed the question of American troops in the North of Syria”, – said Bagdasarov.
There is a danger that in the future in Syria is a kind of Turkish-American area which, probably, will participate and the Gulf States, particularly Saudi Arabia, which will provide Ankara with either financial or military aid. “In the future, in the North of Syria will create a quasi-state under the Turkish-American-Saudi protectorate, where, considering the views of Ankara and its controlled opposition, will live, only the Arabs and the Turkomans, but which disappear Kurds, Assyrians and Christians, is unknown,” – said Bagdasarov.
According to him, the problem lies in the fact that Russia is not always able to accurately calculate how it will unfold, the situation in Syria in the future. Now, however, it’s not too late to prevent joint Turkish-American plans to create in the North of Syria controlled enclave.
First, it offers Bagdasarov, government forces need to boost their own offensive in Northern Syria in order to cut the Turks the way to Raqqa. “In addition, Bashar al-Assad must promise to Syrian Kurds in the face of the leader of the Syrian democratic Union, Salih Muslim, the real, not only a cultural autonomy”, – said the orientalist.
Finally, according to Baghdasarov, you need to put the Turks in front of an ultimatum: if they move in the direction of Raqqa, they meet opposition and resistance to the combined forces of Assad’s forces and Syrian troops. “Otherwise we will lose old allies and gain new ones” – he concluded.
* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”