Seth J. Frantzman 10 Oct 2019 – Turkey proposes a £22bn ($27bn) project to build a ‘safe zone’, housing a million refugees there. But why didn’t it embark on this project in Afrin or Jarabulus, areas it already controls?…The likely end result of what is unfolding in eastern Syria is that Syrian rebel forces, now reconstituted under a Turkish banner as the Syrian National Army will be used as a proxy force by Ankara against America’s partners, the SDF. Considering that both the US and Turkey initially got involved in the Syrian civil war to oppose Bashar al-Assad, it is strange that the last major conflict of the war will be fought not against Assad but between the last two independent groups in Syria that oppose Assad. Russia and Iran will certainly be enjoying the irony of this, watching the destruction of the SDF and the eventually sidelining of the Syrian rebels who are being funnelled into eastern Syria alongside Turkish armed forces.
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