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torsdag 8 oktober 2015

Russian Bombs Flatten USA-Turkey Relations

Russian Bombs Flatten USA-Turkey Relations
The United States is likely to support the Kurds as a substitution
for Syrian “moderate rebels who have lost their fighting capabilities
due to Russian airstrikes.

 The People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên
Parastina Gel, YPG) are an obvious choice for the USA who is seeking
anti-Assad allies inside Syria. The move, however, is surely set to
worsen relations between Washington and Ankara.
Just one week was enough for Russian Air Force to change ratio of
forces and resources on the Syrian theater of war. The USA-supported
so-called “liberal opposition” suffered heavy infrastructural damage and
losses of weapon depots after Russian airstrikes, while the Syrian
government prepares for full-scale offensive ground operations. If
Moscow continues its airstrikes, the near future of Syrian CIA-trained
“moderate rebels” is easily predictable.
The US in this case will surely need some controlled force in Syria
as alternative to Assad in order to prevent him from regaining full
control over the country. The only turnkey candidate for this role is
the Kurds. The United States will most likely try to influence their
activities in order to oppose Assad.
This alliance is unacceptable for Turkey, especially if the US
supports the Kurds in an attack on Raqqa (Islamic State headquarter in
Syria). President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan apparently sees the Kurdistan
Workers’ Party (PKK) as the main threat for Turkey, much more dangerous
than Islamic State. Turkey stood aside from supporting YPG during the
last ISIS offensive, basically because Ankara prefers bordering with the
Islamic State, not with a Kurdish state like formation.

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