The most important part of the plan for Russia was to facilitate an agreement between the Syrian regime and the PYD to take over the YPG-led areas and to hand them over to the regime by restructuring the YPG element as an integral part of the Syrian military.
However, in due course, the PKK/PYD has continued to enhance its abilities in drone use and completed its adaptation to using drones.
While being hesitant to take steps against the Assad regime, Washington has alienated Turkey by supporting PYD, the terrorist organization that operates mainly in Northern Syria.
From a strategic perspective, while Turkey wants to reduce the YPG presence wherever it is located, the US, including Trump’s himself, seems to protect YPG against Turkey’s upcoming military operation and to assure the long-term presence of PYD/YPG’s in Syria.
Turkey has been into a very extensive rebuilding program in places that it saved from Daesh and the PYD/PKK.
While Deash was cleaned off from Turkey’s border with the Euphrates Shield operation in 2016, the PYD pocket in Afrin was also cleaned this past year (a deeper evaluation of the Afrin operation and its aftermath can be found here and here).
As a first step, the Trump administration reconsidered his country’s ill-mannered support for the terrorist organization PYD in Northern Syria.
” On the other hand, according to Sputnik News, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry - Bahram Qasimi - told Tasmin news agency that if the military operation, which Turkey wants to initiate towards the YPG/PYD in north of Syria, starts without the consent of the Syrian regime, the application of the agreements that have been agreed upon in Astana process will be difficult.
The details such as time, particular target place and duration of the military operation are not precise yet, but Turkey’s strategic objective is clear: to de-territorialize the YPG/PYD alongside its Syrian border, fix relations with the U.
regarding the future of the city, which included that the PYD would not rule the city, and further, withdraw its forces out of the city.
During his speech in Isparta on Friday, 12 October, Erdogan touched upon the recent news on the trenches being dug by the PYD/SDF in Manbij against a possible Turkish offensive.