As the number of dead YPG militants increases and Turkish-backed forces advance toward the center of Afrin, there will be a more determined effort to limit and ultimately render Operation Olive Branch unsuccessful.
It is high time for Washington to revise its short-sighted YPG policy indoctrinated by CENTCOM.
Claiming Turkey’s Afrin operation harms the U.S. or NATO serves the interests only of countries like Russia and China.
If Washington reconsiders its YPG policy, it will understand its irrational expectations of Ankara.
The main reason for Operation Olive Branch was the U.S.-led coalition’s plan to transform the YPG into a border security force.
The Trump administration’s commitment to work with YPG militants in northern Syria has reached a point where cooperation seems impossible.
The YPG is the Syrian arm of the outlawed PKK that has been fighting against the Turkish state for years, so it is impossible for Ankara to accept any presence of these militants near its borders.
In contrast to the U.S., Tehran could potentially offer to work together in a range of areas including the fight against the PKK-YPG.
Political parties in Turkey have already begun debates over their campaigns for the 2019 elections, signaling that 2018 will be very challenging.
Unlike claims made by certain media outlets, Turkey’s outreach efforts in Africa represent an effort to promote cooperation on the basis of stability, security and trade in a time when the next storm is brewing.