This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military strategy is not only targeting to eliminate PKK terrorists but also aiming to clean and hold the territory where the PKK has any presence.
While the Manbij agreement will not cure all problems between the U.S. and Turkey, it is definite that this deal will open a new page in bilateral relations.
The people who serve “Trumpian diplomacy” are ultra-radical, neocon and pro-interventionists. When the other ultra-radical leaders in the region are taken into consideration, the region’s future does not appear to be bright.
President Erdogan’s new way in pursuing foreign policy is a strategy to firstly save the country and to turn it into a regional powerhouse later on.
While the U.S. reaffirmed their support for the established bilateral process to find a common way forward on Manbij, and underlined the U.S’s commitment to support Turkey’s national security concerns, Turkey recalled that the U.S. should take concentrate steps to end YPG presence in Manbij.
The political opposition in Turkey ought to find a different strategy other than “anti-Erdoganism,” as this will not win them an election.
Political stability in Turkey is a must in order for the country to continue its fight against terrorism and to face other geopolitical issues.
A U.S. military intervention far from the realities of the geopolitics of the Syrian crisis would not have an effective result.
Does President Trump really believe that the U.S. will withdraw from Syria?
Following the success of Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, a complicated future waits for the PKK terrorist organization.