Speaking alongside his visiting U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson at a press conference in Ankara, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “We’ve reached an understanding to normalize our relations [with the U.S.].”
On Monday 12 February, the Turkish Armed Forces announced that a total of 1,369 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists have been “neutralized” since the launch of Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin region.
A new equilibrium is emerging in Syria and whether the U.S. will become further marginalized or engage in a new round of negotiations is up to them.
Iran is unlikely to respond harshly to the Afrin operation as Turkey does not cross Tehran’s “red lines” in Syria.
If Russia continues the heavy bombardment against civilians, it will damage the future of the projected peace congress in Sochi, which aims to provide a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Turkey’s counterterrorism offensive in Afrin gives hope for people in the region to have a better life in the near future.
The PYD, under U.S. military and diplomatic protection, has committed vast human rights violations ranging from arming children to training them in terror camps.
The West’s refusal to view the YPG as a terrorist organization and the Western media’s romanticization of ‘the Kurds’ reflect an eagerness to stop Turkey’s anti-terror operation.
On 19 January, 7 Christians, 4 Armenians and 3 Arameans (also known as Syriacs), were abducted by the terrorist group and forced to the front lines in Afrin, Syria, where the Turkish Armed Forces are currently conducting Operation Olive Branch.
The U.S. position in Syria can be interpreted from two perspectives, both of which Ankara rejects: Either the U.S. political leadership fails to read the developments on the ground in the Middle East, or it is aware of what it is doing in the region.