The battle against ISIS forces in Syria has brought Turkey and the U.S. around a colourless maypole as, instead of fighting them effectively, things worsen between them.
“Syria’s dominant Kurdish party on Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to act quickly to ensure the safety of Kurdish-controlled territories in the country’s north, including an enclave that Turkey has threatened to attack”, AP reported.
According to Ankara and Turkey’s head, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his country will not just ‘stay’ in Afrin, but is getting ready to launch an offensive, within the next days, against territories under the control of Syrian Kurdish militia, whom Turkey sees as an offshoot of PKK -viewed and regarded as a terrorist organisation by Ankara.
At the same time, the U.S. announced they are planning to create a 30,000 men-border- force, consisting of Kurds, that Ankara regarded as a blow below the belt.
“Turkey has reached the end of its patience,” said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bekir Bozdag after a Cabinet meeting Wednesday. “No one should expect it to show more patience. Turkey is determined to take whatever steps are necessary”, AP notes. Apart from Bozdag, the country’s National Security Council that met on Wednesday, January 17, also vowed to take whatever step will be necessary in order to protect Turkey.
Kurdish militia is the main U.S. ally -also working closely with the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces- in the fight against ISIS in Syria and has about 25% of the Syrian territory under its control…/IBNA
Photo: Bekir Bozdag / CNN Turk