Andrew Korybko kommer med ännu en lång artikel där han beskriver varför han tror att Ryssland och Syrien var med på att Turkiet skulle gå in i Syrien och trycka tillbaka de kurdiska grupper som vill dela upp Syrien och ha ett eget land.
Turkey In Syria, The FSA, And The Upcoming Quarrel Over Syria’s Constitution
Much ado has been made over the past few days about the ulterior motives behind Turkey’s conventional military campaign in northern Syria, with most people refusing to believe that Erdogan ‘altruistically’ ordered the operation just to ‘take one for the team’ and help his multipolar allies clear out the Kurdish “federalists”. Turkey does indeed have a self-interested national security reason in doing so, but knowing the wily Sultan, he’s bound to have a trick or two up his sleeve, and it’s very likely that he’s aiming for grander goals than just preventing the emergence of a PKK safe haven all along his southern borderland (which is in and of itself an ambitious objective). The fact of the matter is that Turkey’s true long-term intention for its conventional military involvement in Syria isn’t to take the country’s territory like many alarmists seem to think is the plan, but to change its constitution, which in many ways could be just as bad or even worse for the country.
Syria, Russia, and Iran are definitely aware of this, and they might have even held out the possibility – but certainly not the promise – of Turkey influencing the forthcoming rewritten Syrian Constitution in order to convince Erdogan to step into northern Syria to take out the Kurds and replace the pro-Saudi Daesh and pro-American SDF with Ankara’s FSA, all the while risking that he’ll be drawn into a quagmire as he takes out his new partners’ mutual enemies. Despite the risks inherent in this gamble and all that could possibly go wrong with this plot, the Resistance Bloc appears to have agreed that the potential benefits far outweigh the dangers, and that it’s preferable for Turkey to act as their ‘cat’s paw’ against Washington and Riyadh’s proxies because Moscow and Tehran – for whatever their reasons may be – lack the political will to commit to an all-out sustained military operation to do this themselves.
almasdarnews.com – Syrian Army in full control of Darayya
With Darayya under government control, the Syrian Arab Army will be able to redeploy the 2,500 soldiers from the Republican Guard and 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division to another volatile front.
In the grand scheme of things, the loss of Darayya for the Islamist rebels will have an adverse effect on their other fronts in Damascus, as the Syrian Arab Army will have a surplus of soldiers and heavy weaponry to use in the West Ghouta.
almasdarnews.com – Turkish-backed rebels advance against US-backed rebels
The Turkish-backed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and their Islamist allies reportedly captured several sites from the US-backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) today after a series of intense clashes in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.
Progress towards settling the Syrian crisis has been made, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced after wrapping up key talks. According to the diplomats, experts from both countries will meet in Geneva in coming days to clarify the details of what has been agreed.
In this episode of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist from Tampa, and Daniel Serwer, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University from Washington, to discuss the current situation in Syria after the liberation of the Damascus suburb of Darayya.
rt.com – ‘West not serious about fighting terrorism’ – adviser to Syrian President Assad
At this point in the interview, the Syrian president’s political and media adviser had harsh words for the present state of the Western media, which she said routinely “falsifies the facts”.
“There’s no free press in the West. There is a corporate media who have an agenda and who try to portray everything according to that agenda. Either they’re labeling accusations against us or falsifying facts and reporting things that have nothing to do with the truth…
Shaaban lamented that because the media has ”demonized us in the eyes of Western people,” the Western people ”don’t know who we are”.
”We don’t have a voice with Western people. We have no channel of communication; the corporate media is blocking the channels of communication between us and the West,” she continued.
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