Febrero 18, 2018

US takes another step into quicksand of Middle East — Commentary

02 Febrero 2018, 08:38 | Bibiana Flor

Turkey orders detention of top doctors over criticism of Syrian offensive

Why are we still in Syria? Trump has yet to make his case

ANXIETIES about Donald Trump's commitment to NATO and Russia's military assertiveness remain at the top of the alliance's agenda. "They should know it".

In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Macron said that Turkey must coordinate with allies, and that its operation inside Syria must be limited to fighting terror.

"We continue to monitor the development of the situation in northern Syria; it is deeply concerning", she said.

A video emerged Thursday showing the mutilated body of a Kurdish female fighter as what appears to be Turkey-backed Syrian fighters mill around, mocking her and touching her chest.

Meanwhile, Syrian government forces pushed into Idlib province, an opposition stronghold nearby, inching closer to a key highway that connects Syria's two largest cities, Damascus and Aleppo.

"The airplane has been dropping bombs for five days now". The scene is cordoned off by the police. The overall global tempo is accelerating, affrettando, like de Falla's Danza Ritual del Fuego. When the Arab Spring buffeted the Middle East, Turkey's leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan saw an opportunity to actively promote this idea among the protestors in Arab autocracies. Soon after receiving a congratulatory call from Putin after the abortive July coup, Erdogan flew to St. Petersburg and publicly thanked his Russian counterpart. There is a direct correlation between living standards and energy consumption.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight. Who condemns Turkey for occupying more than a third of Cyprus? It also wanted to stop them travelling back the other way.

"The Turks may accept that as an intermediate step, but the U.S. will consistently face threats of escalation from Turkey as long as we maintain our partnership with the Syrian Kurdish YPG", Teoman said.

Afrin is not central to those American goals and U.S. officials say it will distract from the war on IS. Boycott? Do anything at all?

Macron said it could be "a real problem" if "Syrian sovreignty is not respected".

"How can they stand by and watch?" Turkey has invaded the Kurdish border region known as Afrin, called the Kurds there "an army of terrorists", and promised to wage war on all of Syria's Kurds. According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), families have been prevented from leaving the area by local authorities.

The second reason for danger is the decline of the United States.

The agency added the rockets were launched by YPG and hit two houses.

This violence is not only directed at soldiers and police officers, but at politicians and teachers as well. Some have adopted Kurdish names and learned the Kurdish language.

This March will be four years since Abed al Fatah al Sisi won the Egyptian presidential elections.

As part of the international coalition, Turkey has fought against ISIS and cooperated with its allies in stopping, arresting and eliminating ISIS terrorists. Egeland said it had so far not resulted in any progress but he hoped that it would. Most Turkish media, even away from the rabidly pro-government end, are sticking to a jingoistic and unquestioning script. Little wonder, when you consider that Turkey is the world's biggest jailer of journalists. As expected, the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019 will be held on the same day. The targets are the terrorists, their shelters, their weapons and related infrastructure.

In another episode, German MPs were last year (not for the first time) refused permission to visit German air crews flying support missions into Iraq from two bases in Turkey, Incirlik and Konya.

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