During Operation Olive Branch, the YPG has used, visually confirmed, Iranian weapons. Among them are Iran-produced 107mm rockets, which were also found earlier in Turkey during anti-terror operations against the PKK.
The U.S. administration makes promises behind closed doors with no intention of keeping them and continue taking steps that place Turkish interests at risk.
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.].”
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.
At the core of the problems in Turkey-U.S. relations lie the steps that were taken during the Barack Obama era, which intended to limit Turkey.
Turkey’s counterterrorism offensive in Afrin gives hope for people in the region to have a better life in the near future.
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.
The killing of 17-year-old Fatma by YPG terrorists proves how right Turkey was to start the Afrin operation.
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.