Turkey sends fresh aid trucks to Idlib, Syria

Syrian Kurds Urge UN Action to Prevent Turkish Invasion

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said various times recently that Turkey's armed forces had completed preparations for an operation against the Kurdish-controlled region of Afrin in northwest Syria.

The trucks, sent by a number of Turkish bodies such as the Turkish Red Crescent and the state Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), crossed Turkey's Cilvegozu Border Gate in Hatay, the Red Crescent told Anadolu Agency. It was on display again in Iraq last October when the Baghdad government seized nearly half the territory ruled by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

While Secretary of Defense James Mattis recommends Ankara not to take reports of the creation of a "border force" in northern Syria to heart, Washington sees its Kurdish allies as a tool which will allow it to remain relevant in Syria, ex-CIA officer and Canada-based Syrian political observer told Sputnik.

A USA disengagement from Syria would provide Iran with an opportunity to reinforce its position in Syria, Tillerson said. But the opposition entered the last formal talks last month without softening its demand Assad go, prompting the government to declare the talks pointless.

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"We will continue to be completely transparent with Turkey about our efforts in Syria to defeat ISIS and stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally in its counter-terrorism efforts", it added.

"The intention of the United States is to remain relevant in Syria by having an armed force on the ground", Giraldi told Sputnik. "We are not operating in Afrin".

Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the American-led military coalition in Baghdad, said the United States could have explained the plan more clearly to avoid alarming allies, but that it was simply a logical next step from the local security forces that S.D.F. has created in areas taken from the Islamic State. They serve as an important counterpoint to the influence imposed by Russian Federation and Iran - two governments that back Syrian strongman Bashar Assad and his bid to eventually retake territory Damascus lost after years of civil war. Both Moscow and Tehran immediately accused the United States of planning to partition Syria, and there is some substance in the accusation. In northeastern Syria, Kurds have carved out a semi-autonomous region. Which is another way of saying indefinitely.

Tillerson illustrated how the US would continue trying to isolate Assad's government even as the USA objective is "stabilization".

The Kurds always get betrayed because what they really want is an independent Kurdistan including all 20 million Kurds.

Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation, however, need a little memory jogging. They will do whatever it takes to prevent that.

To understand the seemingly imminent offensives, it's important to understand Turkey's relations with the Kurds, and who some of the main players are in the Syrian conflict.

The coalition had issued a written statement to some media outlets earlier on Sunday, wherein it said that it was working with the SDF to set up and train a Syrian border protection force.

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