fter Turkey and the Syrian opposition started a joint military operation against the YPG terror group in northeastern Syria, many new developments are beginning to reshape the situation in the region and the future of Syria.
For this reason there is no distinction between the YPG (the armed wing of the PYD) and the PYD, and between the HPG (the armed wing of PKK) and the PKK.
urkey’s Operation Peace Spring was launched with the purpose of establishing a safe zone to remove the YPG terror group from southern borders of Turkey.
With the YPG forces about to quickly lose their power and domination in Northern Syria militarily, they have turned to the long-standing support of Western nations as a way out.
fter Turkey and the Syrian opposition launched Operation Peace Spring against the PKK/YPG terror group to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and address Turkey’s national security concerns, many states have taken steps against Turkey.
forces in Syria will withdraw in expectation of a Turkish military operation into the region, opening the way for Turkey and the Syrian opposition to go after the YPG, the Syrian branch of the PKK terrorist organization.
Thus, the US will not join the military operation and will not intervene, contrary to pro-YPG claims.
Despite Turkey’s warnings, the US opted to go with a YPG-led organization and now the organization is incapable of dealing with the situation.
chose to work with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to defeat ISIS.
In reality, the number of Syrians returning to Syria may be even higher, but only if the YPG does not prevent it.
n an earlier column, I wrote that the YPG will continue to harm Turkey-US relations, stating that the formation of allegedly new local military councils by the YPG might sabotage US-Turkey negotiations over the safe zone in northern Syria.
The Syrian Civil War was shaped and driven not only by a Sunni Saudi – Shia Iranian cold war but also by Saudi Arabia – Turkey confrontation on several issues such as Qatar crisis, the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, and Saudi Arabia’s development of stronger ties with the PKK affiliated YPG.
The American stance might be more challenging for Ankara on a wide range of topics such as: the PKK/PYD/YPG, the Syrian Civil War, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean and Cyprus issue, Palestine, refugees, and the currency crisis among other topics.
They assume that the PKK fights for peace just like its Syrian offshoot, the People’s Protection Forces (YPG).
’ political and military support to PYD/YPG, or the rocket attacks fired by launchers mounted on mobile platforms from ISIS-controlled areas in Syria.
is essentially harboring a Turkish fugitive, Fetullah Gulen, and working with the YPG who Turkey considers a terrorist threat while Turks have purchased an S400 missile system from Russia.
n response to Turkey’s assembling of troops along the Syria-Tukey border to areas held by the YPG terror group, the U.