US Vice President Mike Pence, sent by Donald Trump to Turkey, will on Thursday try to take a weapon of arms from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called Kurdish forces to drop his weapons and withdrew from Northern Syria
One week to the day after the outbreak, the Turkish offensive against the Kurdish Militia (YPG) of the People's Protection Units has already returned the cards in northern Syria, the new episode of the conflict that has torn this country since 2011.
Thanks to an agreement with the Kurdish forces, the Damascus regime has really returned to regions that had been difficult to capture for several years and Moscow began to fill the void left by the withdrawal of the US forces.
According to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, other US sanctions are being prepared in the event of disagreement.
Vivement was criticized in Washington for appearing to give green light to the Turkish operation, the US president has since urged Ankara to stop its offensive and approved sanctions on Turkey.
In this context, he decided to send his Vice President Mike Pence and his secretary to Turkey. Enter Mike Pompeo with the task of getting a gunman. Erdogan will receive them on Thursday.
"Our mission is to see if we can get a firearm, see if we can negotiate," Pompeo told reporters before boarding his
The US billionaire still has blurred signals by stating Wednesday, before MM's departure . Pence and Pompeo, that "if Turkey goes to Syria, it is a matter between Turkey and Syria, that is not our problem". "The Kurds are not angels," he added.
With regard to a weapon-waking, Erdogan has already ruled out "sitting at the terrorists' table," an expression that designated the YPG and claimed that in order to stop the offensive, the Kurdish forces would have to disarm and retreat.
The stated objective of the Turkish operation is to create a "security zone" 32 km deep along its border, which would separate it from the YPG areas and return some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees who settled in Turkey.
Ankara considers the YPG as a "terrorist organization" for its relations with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which supplies bloody guerrilla war in Turkey.
But Western countries support the YPG militia, which dominates an Arab-Kurdish coalition called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for its role as a plan in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist organization.
On the ground, fighting, especially in Ras al-Ain, raids a city on the Turkish border where Kurdish fighters are trying to deter the attack from Ankaras forces
An AFP reporter near Ras al-Ain saw smoke smoke from the city when the crushing thunderstorm from the Turkish artillery filled the air. air. To blind Ankara plan, Kurdish fighters burned tires
An SDF official said Kurdish fighters were "ready to fight to the end" in Ras al-Ain. "We have not yet made the attack (…) The real battle has not yet begun," he warned.
Accuses Mr. Trump, whose decision to withdraw the US military left the field open to the Turkish attack, for having betrayed them, called for Kurdish forces to rescue Damascus, which deployed troops to, among others, Minbej and Ras al-Ain.
Kurdish fighters, backed by Syrian forces, entered a base recently cleared by Americans before the Ankara-backed rebels who wanted to seize it, according to an NGO, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH). 19659003] – Meeting of Erdogan-Putin –
Take advantage of American withdrawal and to avoid a major confrontation between the forces in Damascus and the Turkish military supported by their Syrian aides, police say, Russian military patrols The Minbej area u.
M. Erdogan, who condemned on Tuesday the "dirty market" closed between the Kurdish forces and the regime of Bashar al-Assad, declared on Wednesday that it did not matter to him "who of the Russians or regime" made "YPG from Minbej". 19659003] Invited by the Kremlin, the Turkish president will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on October 22 in the seaside resort of Sochi, the Turkish presidency said on Wednesday.
In seven days, 71 civilians, 158 FDS combatants and 128 According to OSDH, protected warriors were killed. Ankara lamented the deaths of six soldiers in Syria as well as 20 civilians by firing rockets from Kurdish fighters in Turkish cities.
In addition, the offensive caused the emigration of 160,000 people in northern Turkey. Syria, according to the UN.
In addition, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday worried about the risk of jihadists being detained in northeastern Syria without claiming the end of the Turkish military offensive against the Kurds
Spoke separately to the press, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, also insisted on the jihadist danger: "The military offensive of Turkey (…) jeopardizes the campaign to defeat ISIS, endangers innocent civilians and threatens peace, security and stability in the region."
In Brussels, two Belgian MPs claimed that AFP that two Belgian jihadists imprisoned in the northeastern part of Syria had escaped "in recent days."
The leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dominated by Kurdish warriors, Mazloum Abdi, announced Wednesday night the "freeze" of operations against the Islamic State (IS) group, which has mutated into a secret organization since its defeat in March.