Despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey, U.S. President Donald Trump has approved supplying arms to Kurdish YPG fighters to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
The Americans are now trying to extinguish the conflict, as fighting between Kurds and Turks, may hinder the implementation of the plans associated with preparing a direct assault on Raqqa. Through a network of military bases deployed South of Kobani and Qamishli, the U.S. continues to drive to Raqqa various military and civil engineering machinery (like SOF and 75th regiment of the Rangers, and for SDF/YPG), but the previously announced time frame of the assault of Raqqa already obviously moved because of the profound losses in the fighting on the southern Bank of the Euphrates, and the lack of heavy equipment, as well as the protracted siege of Tabqa.
The Turkish president has urged Russia to stop backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, just more than a day after Turkey’s American allies launched scores of missiles in what they have called a retaliatory strike after a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria’s Idlib province killed dozens.
“We hope that Russia gets involved as well — that at least they stop defending Assad,” Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.
Turkey has been hoping for a war of regime change against Syria virtually since the civil war in that nation began, and on the eve of US attacks against Syria overnight, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told interviewers he would “welcome” a US attack on Syria.
The story with chemical attack develops quite traditional and expected. After stuffing, the militants and the West rushed to accuse “bloody Assad regime” and called the UN security Council, launched a campaign in the press, and trump even said that he changed his attitude to Assad, simultaneously kicking Obama for a prior policy and recommending Russia to change its attitude toward Assad. Russia of course denies everything, in the UN security Council prospects for any anti-Syrian resolution in the objective investigation as nobody is interested, so that the subject “chemical weapons” will be traditionally another element of the information war.
The result is a funny picture, when the Germans and the Turks accuse each other of fascism, as reflected in the cartoon.
This would explain his absence from Tsargrad and his Twitter silence.