Is Russia cozying up to Syria’s Kurds amid rift with Turkey?
The United States has reportedly cautioned the Kurds not to fight Turkey in any potential escalation in Syria, but Russia appears to have moved closer to the Kurds, as suggested by Kurdish collaboration with the Syrian army in areas along Idlib’s boundaries with Afrin.
The escalation in Idlib has left Turkey vacillating between Russia’s tough options and the United States’ enticing prodding, as it maintains its menacing posture to force the Syrian army’s retreat to now-defunct cease-fire lines in the rebel stronghold. Amid the standoff, the Syrian Kurds are becoming a key factor in both US and Russian calculations to sway Turkey’s attitude.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS LATEST SYRIA IDLIB CONFLICT : US says Russia violating “de-confliction” in eastern Syria
There is a pattern of Russian harassment of US forces, leading to increased tensions between the two.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN – JERUSALEM POST – FEBRUARY 20, 2020 18:11
Russians are violating “de-confliction” protocols, the spokesman for the Coalition against ISIS said on Thursday.
A video that emerged on Wednesday showed a US patrol in eastern Syria, and Russian military vehicles trying to pass the US convoy. The Russian vehicle appeared to swerve to get around the American vehicle and a civilian had to jump out of the way.“On February 19, 2020, a Russian patrol violated the de-confliction protocols and did not adhere to the de-confliction measures, and was escorted out of the area of U.S. operations,” Col. Myles B. Caggins, Spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, told The Jerusalem Post in a written statement.
Tamr Hussein 20. Februar 2020 ·
Do the Kurds trust the Russians more than they trust the United States? Abdi told us that, for now, “Moscow is working on a solution between the Kurds and the Syrian regime.” But he and other prominent Kurds know Russia and Turkey made a bargain over Rojava that benefited the Syrian government.
“Initially, Russia ‘gave’ Afrin to Turkey in exchange for Homs, Ghouta, and a small part of Idlib for the Syrian regime. Then it ‘ceded’ Ras al-Ayn and Tell Abyad to Turkey in exchange for another bit of Idlib.”
The Kurds could be the biggest losers in these trades.
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NEW, via sources – After a series of meetings btw #NLF & #Turkey (MiT), a conclusion is being drawn that #Assad/#Russia may not be stopped in #Idlib. #Turkey has upped arms supplies (mainly Grads, mortars & small-arms ammo, plus some ATGMs) & intel sharing, but outlook not good.
Mohammed Ghorab @MGhorab3
- 1hThe Free Syrian Army and the Turkish army control the town of Neirab, east of #Idlib #Idlib #TSK #FSA
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT SYRIA : Amnesty International documents Turkish occupation, its mercenaries crimes in KURDISTAN Serekaniye, Gire Spi and Afrin
Amnesty International issued its annual report in which it highlighted the violations committed by the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries, during the military attack on northeastern Syria and their occupation of each of the cities of Afrin, Serekaniye / Ras al-Ain and Gire Spi / Tel Abyad.
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Syria Iraq Limiting Iranian Influence Implies Returning to Realpolitik – Hoover Institution Analysis, – Fabrice Balanche
19 Febr 2020 – Destroying the Islamic State (IS) and limiting the influence of Iran is a difficult project. The United States has more capabilities in Syria than in Iraq to destroy IS and limit Iran. The Sunni Arab tribes of the Euphrates Valley no longer support the Islamic State and are ready to join those who will liberate them, which explains the effectiveness of the Syrian Democratic Forces (Kurdish-Arab) against IS. Thus the liberation of Raqqa could thus take place in fall 2017, provided Turkey does not launch an offensive a…
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SPECIAL SYRIA : A campaign of arrests carried out by Assad’s forces in Deir Ezzor affect elements of the national defense
19 Febr 2020 – Today, Assad’s forces arrested dozens of young men from Deir Ezzor for the purpose of forced conscription, Deir Ezzor 24 network correspondent said.
According to our correspondent, the campaign of arrests affected the students who do not have a compulsory service deferral papers, and dozens of the National Defense Militia, in Deir Ezzor city.
From time to time, Assad’s forces carry out campaigns of arrests for the purpose of forced conscription, which is a way to extort money from citizens, who pay bribes to have their sons’ situation resolved, or to have their sons exempted from service.
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : ENDLICH EINMAL EINER MIT ETWAS MUT ! – Bombardierung von Zivilisten in Syrien Norbert Röttgen fordert „maximalen Druck“ gegen Russlands Luftangriffe
18 Febr 2020 – TAGESSPIEGEL – Syrische Truppen setzen mit russischer Hilfe ihre Angriffe auf Idlib fort. Der CDU-Außenpolitiker Norbert Röttgen spricht von „abscheulichen Kriegsverbrechen“.
Der CDU-Außenpolitiker Norbert Röttgen hat mit Blick auf russische Luftangriffe im Norden Syriens das „Wegschauen des Westens“ kritisiert. Diese Zurückhaltung sei „eine Schande“ und „gegen unsere eigenen Sicherheitsinteressen“, sagte Röttgen, der auch Vorsitzender des Auswärtigen Ausschusses des Bundestages ist, der „Bild“-Zeitung. „Wenn die Verbrechen weitergehen, muss es Sanktionen gegen Russland geben“, so Röttgen.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS REPORT : WAR-CRIMES – Syrian-Russian Alliance Forces Target 67 Medical Facilities in Northwest Syria Since April 26, 2019 – Syrian Network for Human Rights
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : GOING FOR WAR WITH IRAN IN SYRIA – TIT FOR TAT !
Israel has warned repeatedly about Iran’s nuclear ambitions as well as its aspirations of regional hegemony.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM – JERUSALEM POST – FEBRUARY 18, 2020 14:05
Israel has recognized initial signs that Iran is recalculating their trajectory in Syria, giving the Jewish State an opportunity to go from the defensive to the offensive, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday.
“I can announce that we are identifying initial signs of loosening and recalculation by Iran regarding it’s plans in Syria. We just started and we will increase. We will go from a defensive concept to an offensive concept – weakening, tiring and erasing the octopus’ head by weakening its tentacles,” Bennett said at the New Tech conference.