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Is the Peace Spring going to run dry?

Clashes between Turkish-loyal Syrian opposition troops and the Kurdish forces continue in northeastern Syria

Is the Peace Spring going to run dry?

During his official visit to Hungary, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out." The Turkish leader accused the leadership of the Syrian Kurds of failing to fulfill its agreements with Russia on a complete withdrawal of their armed groups from the 120-kilometer-long and 30-kilometer-deep safety zone. According to Erdogan, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) regularly attack Turkish troops and their Arab allies. Thus, on November 9 alone, 8 armed acts of sabotage were committed.

On the evening of November 9, the Turkish side initiated a telephone conversation between Recep Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, during which the state and prospects for the military-political situation development in the northeastern Syria were discussed. The negotiators quite naturally recognized the United States' destabilizing role in the region and agreed to coordinate joint efforts to ensure safety at the Turkish border.

However, one has to admit that the command of the pro-American Syrian Democratic Forces inspired by the Kurdish YPG retained control over a significant part of the Turkish zone and is not going to fulfill its obligations to Russia.

As of October 22, 2019, that is when military operation Peace Spring was finished with, the Turkish troops and their Arab allies went beyond the safety zone in the East and the West, thereby violating the agreements reached with the Americans. In addition, the Turkish-controlled Syrian opposition formations hold part of the Ras al-Ayn city in the eastern part of the zone and the Tell Abyad city in the west. Near Ras al-Ayn periodic armed clashes occur with Syrian government troops that are gradually advancing to the units blocked inside the city.

It should be noted that Russia and the United States advocate an ultimate withdrawal of Turkish troops and Syrian opposition units loyal to them out of these cities.

Commander of the Kurdish-Arab formations of the Syrian Democratic Forces Mazloum Abdi earlier announced the complete withdrawal of militant groups from the safe zone stipulated by the agreements, and accused the Turkish command of continuing combat operations outside the zone. Since October 23, more than 110 cases of the Turkish army using heavy artillery against the Kurdish positions outside the zone have been recorded, as a result of which 182 militants were killed and 243 wounded. According to the Syrian government, the Turkish Peace Spring operation forced over 30 thousand civilians to flee from the war zone. Turkey has seized 56 settlements and illegally occupies more than 1,100 square kilometers of Syrian territories.

By the way, in the area controlled by Turkey and the Kurdish formations, there are still areas of "Islamic State" disparate units deployment (ISIL is a Muslim international terrorist group banned in Russia)…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intends to hold talks with Donald Trump in Washington on November 13, in the course of which he will seek to revise the previously reached agreements. The Turkish leader continues to insist on bringing the Manbij city, transferred by the Kurds to the Syrian government army, back under the Turkish army control, as well as on completely cutting off American arms shipments to the Kurds. However, the American leadership will unlikely settle for satisfying these requests, because the current situation with its enormous controversies between all the parties involved in the Syrian developments is fully compliant with the interests of Washington.

Turkey is forced to gradually engage in a new round of confrontation with the Kurdish forces in order to achieve the objective of operation Peace Spring and establish total control in the safety zone. In this regard, there is a good chance that the Turkish command may intensify the efforts of its combat aircraft and artillery against the Syrian Kurds' positions in the 30-kilometer strip at the national border.

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