ASPEN, Colo. – A top U.S. military commander said there was a persistent concern that the attempted coup in Turkey – and the backlash by the Turkish government – would impair the Pentagon’s operations in the region.The coup backlash by the Turkish government would impair operations in the region- First thing I've noticed is the Kurdish backed destabilization of Turkey has quieted down- Going by the media reports. Not disappeared but is toned down
U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel said Thursday that a number of the U.S. military’s closest allies in the Turkish military have now been placed in jail following the coup attempt.
“We’ve certainly had relationships with a lot of Turkish leaders, military leaders in particular,” Gen. Votel said at the Aspen Security Forum meeting in Colorado. “I’m concerned about what the impact is on those relationships as we continue.”
The U.S. military sees Turkey as a vital partner in its efforts to combat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. But an attempted coup by certain members of the military inflamed internal tensions and now the Turkish government has cracked down, arresting thousands of people.Certain members of the military??
Would these "certain members of the military" that participated in the coup attempt, who have been jailed, be the same ones that the US "had relationships with"??
Then he talks Mosul, which I believe was interconnected to the Kurdish/US move on Mosul. Which ties nicely into the post from earlier today: Mosul: The Noose Tightens
Gen. Votel also suggested that the military has a tentative plan in place to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State. But he said they will not proceed until there are other plans in place to stabilize Mosul, provide political leadership in Mosul, and deal with a potential humanitarian issues there.
“We will go to Mosul when its time to go to Mosul,” he said. “Getting ready to go to Mosul is not just about getting a military plan in place.”
One of the Pentagon’s current strategies in combating Islamic State is to “overwhelm them” with numerous operations simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, he said.