The toleration displayed by the U.S. Armed Forces towards groups like the YPG and PYD, which harbor terrorist elements, amounts to a violation of international law.
U.S. foreign policy is being shaped by narrow-minded military officers, and this is the reason behind Ankara and Washington’s frozen relations.
By favoring the YPG over Turkey, the U.S. has preferred the transitory actor as an ally at the expense of a permanent one. As such, the U.S. has lost the strategic depth of its regional policy.
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.
Claiming Turkey’s Afrin operation harms the U.S. or NATO serves the interests only of countries like Russia and China.
The war in Syria is a clear example demonstrating the collapse of the global role ascribed to the U.S. as a major stabilizing force.
If Washington reconsiders its YPG policy, it will understand its irrational expectations of Ankara.
The U.S. continued to support the YPG even in a post-Daesh Syria. Today, Daesh has lost its territory in Syria, but the U.S. plans further cooperation with the YPG as part of its mid- and long-term strategies in the Middle East.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon stated that the U.S. will train PKK/PYD-led SDF forces as a “hold force” and not as 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.