US leaves Syria, Russia Steps in | Current situation of Syria and Turkey – Analysis

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The Kurdish led Syrian democratic forces are holding out in rows Ras al-Ain using tunnels and trenches to mount their defense. It’s been just over a week since the Turkey led military operation began.

The battle here is key if that operation is to succeed fighting has been fierce the fighters are mainly from the Syrian Kurdish YPG group that makes up the bulk of the SDF forces. Turkey considers it a terrorist organization.

This border town is where Turkey wants to create what it calls a safe zone that will stretch 30 kilometers into Syrian territory.

The United States which not only abandon the SDF and pulled its troops out of Northeast Syria is demanding a ceasefire. It has already imposed sanctions on Turkey as a form of pressure but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who will receive a US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday is not budging.

It has already imposed sanctions on Turkey as a form of pressure but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who will receive a US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday is not budging.

400 kilometers of border has been secured, Turkey launched the operation with two objectives to push the YPG from the border at least 30 kilometers south and to create the zone that will allow Syrian refugees to return.

The US is now out of the way but Russia stepped in deploying its troops on frontlines in a clear message to Turkey Moscow has called Turkey’s operation in Syria unacceptable and it seems it now wants its military presence in Syria to end.

Ankara does have strong cards particularly the role it can play in helping reach a political settlement the Syria’s war.

Russia has not shied away from publicly criticizing Turkey for its incursion into Syria describing it as unacceptable and demanding it to be limited in time and scale.

Russia insists Turkey has the right under an agreement reached with Damascus in 1998 to push up to a maximum of 10 kilometers into Syria to conduct anti-terrorism operation. But officials insist the Adhan attack not allow Turkey to remain in Syria permanently and Moscow won’t accept that.

Russia’s Foreign minister Sergi Lavrov explained what would be acceptable security cooperation between Turkish and Syrian army’s along the border.

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