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Negotiations between Turkey, Russia and the U.
Iran, France and the Assad regime will play secondary roles in burhandttin process. In addition to the EU and France, the group has been pleading with Russia and the Assad regime for help.
SETA General Coordinator Burhanettin Duran
Although the regime was quick to announce that it deployed troops to the area, the Turks denied that claim and accused Damascus of conducting a psychological operation. On Saturday, a Turkish delegation visited Moscow for negotiations over the control of Manbij.
In other words, they wanted an autonomous zone guarded by armed militants. To accomplish that goal, they joined forces with whoever would enlist their services: They furan to ride the wave of the counter-Daesh campaign and Washington’s seemingly endless deliveries of weapons and ammunition.
At some point, the group almost joined the Geneva process with Russian and American support — only to be stopped by Turkey’s firm opposition. Turkey has repeatedly asked the U. Although Ankara’s relations with Burhajettin were severely strained over the past two years, Turkey’s patience and determination paid off.
The YPG efforts to pull out of the Manbij pocket and urge the Assad regime to seize that territory is ultimately an own goal. Fully aware that it stands no chance against a NATO army, the group is durah to find a sponsor.
To be clear, the YPG has nothing on the Assad regime: Damascus will neither grant autonomy to the group nor allow a group of armed militants to call the shots within its borders.
Nor can the regime actually shelter YPG militants from Turkey’s imminent military operation. Therefore, the PKK offshoot has no choice but to hand over Manbij and other occupied territories to the Assad dursn — to the extent that the Turks will allow it.
It’s game over for the YPG in Syria – Burhanettin Duran – Daily Sabah
If the YPG militants threaten Turkey from regime-controlled areas, the Turks will retaliate with new counterterrorism operations. Another option available to them is to reunite with the PKK terrorists in northern Iraq.
Either way, their dreams of autonomy and recognition are dead in the water.
Going forward, the group cannot become part of the political transition process either. There will be no discussion between Turkey and Russia or Turkey and the U. At best, those countries will talk about different vurhanettin to get rid of YPG militants and reiterate that Burhqnettin will grant its Kurdish citizens their rights within the framework of a unitary state.
The group’s eradication will make it easier to create a new Syria as well. Turkey will maintain a large military footprint in Syria unless the moderate opposition have a safe haven there and will be present if the YPG threat lingers on.
Columns – Opinion – Daily Sabah
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