April 2018 strikes gave the message to Assad that the volume of strikes will increase if he uses chemical attacks once again. But the very same message tells Assad that he is quite secure if he satisfies with killing his own citizens with weapons other than chemical weapons.
A U.S. military intervention far from the realities of the geopolitics of the Syrian crisis would not have an effective result.
“The international community has reassured Assad that he may be punished for it but using chemical weapons will not spell the end of his regime. There are no signs it will be different this time around.”
Does President Trump really believe that the U.S. will withdraw from Syria?
Despite having different interests in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Russia ought to give each other benefit of the doubt in order to secure Syria’s territorial integrity.
“The Turco-Qatari military cooperation holds a great potential in countering the Saudi-Iranian rivalry in the Middle East and thus the increased balance against them.”
Following the success of Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, a complicated future waits for the PKK terrorist organization.
“Turkey’s “allies” that arm, train, and protect the PKK may keep the group safe in some zones for some time, but this was not enough to stop Turkey in Afrin and may not be enough in the next battleground.”
The easy takeover of Afrin was a result of strategic planning, but not of the PKK. Turkey planned and executed how the city would be captured with full control from day one.
Turkey’s victory in Afrin will provide more opportunities for strategic manoeuvres in Ankara’s next military move, particularly towards its ongoing military campaign against the PKK in northern Syria.