Turkey’s policy of keeping and enlarging its military presence in Syria has two aims: Sustaining Turkey’s national security against YPG and Daesh terror and achieving democratic change in Syria.
Confessions made by former terrorists who either escaped or were caught by security forces show how the PKK forces and misleads children to join its ranks.
Unless the Trump administration comes to their senses, Washington’s relations with Turkey could be derailed by an unintended break – all because of the “eclipse of reason” in the United States.
The Helsinki summit between presidents Trump and Putin reaffirmed that Russia, not the United States, is the top dog in Syria.
The U.S. decision to abandon Syrian rebels in the southern region has led to a trust issue between the YPG-dominated SDF and the U.S. administration.
The improvement of Turkish-U.S. ties depends on the formation of strong and strategic cooperation between the two countries in the coming period.
The fact that Turkey forced the PKK out of Manbij in cooperation with the U.S. and without having to conduct a military operation there can be counted as success.
Does the Manbij deal have the ability to reform bilateral relations between Turkey and the U.S.?
If the United States keeps its promises on Manbij, it will be able to solve its specific problems with Turkey and, more broadly, hold talks on the future of Syria and Iran with the Turks.
The recent agreement over Manbij between Turkey and the U.S. is a hopeful development; yet other important issues regarding Ankara’s security concerns and peace in Syria still remain.