Saturday, April 28, 2018

Exaggerated Reports Regarding US/Turkish Agreement & Manbij, Again

Yesterday, after catching  some fake news via Reuters, claiming that the US and Turkey had reached an agreement on Manbij- One that will see them 'move together' in Syria's Manbij.
It occurred, immediately to me, that yup I've read this hogwash on a number of occasions.
I need context and lots of it to understand what's really happening.
 And, as expected the actuality was nothing like the out of context Reuter's article.

Daily Sabah-

Today this vitally important sentence is completely gone


“If the [determined] plan is actualized, the YPG terror group will withdraw from Manbij,” says Çavusoglu

If the determined plan is actualized..... 

Pompeo also warned Turkey about their S-400 purchase
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned his Turkish counterpart against purchasing a Russian surface-to-air missile system.
"The secretary underscored the seriousness of U.S. concerns...if [the Turkish authorities] go ahead," the official said in a briefing with reporters in Brussels.
"He asked Cavusoglu to closely consider NATO interoperable systems," the official added.

Yeni Safak

“If the [determined] plan is actualized, the YPG terror group will withdraw from Manbij,” says Çavuşoğlu

Çavusoglu stated that he had also discussed Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense systems with Pompeo. "We have taken the first steps and there is no return, but there may be different steps taken in the future," he said.
Last December, Turkey announced that it had concluded an agreement with Russia for the purchase of two S-400 systems by early 2020.

Today's reporting on Manbij is different then the Reuters report of yesterday:

Ahval:  No agreement on Manbij, looking for "a diplomatic solution" - U.S.

U.S. State Department Spokesperson on Friday said her country and Turkey were looking to “find a common way forward,'' in Syria.

The US and Turkey have been looking for a  common way forward regarding Manbij for a long time now. Since the Obama administration. Nearly two years ago.

As covered August 16, 2016: Turkey: US to Keep Manbij Promise? 3 Step Road Map: Assad Stays. Cooperating with Iran & More

Çavusoglu said: "The U.S. and the President Barack Obama personally promised that PYD members in the SDF would be withdrawn to the east of the Euphrates River. Now the U.S. must keep its promise, and we expect them to. We are maintaining our communications regarding this matter."

Seems to me to be just more of the same.

Oh, just one more thing.... 

According to Ahval the sentence that starts like this “If the [determined] plan is actualized, the YPG terror group will withdraw from Manbij,” says Çavusoglu
Ends more like this "Otherwise, we will intervene as we did with Afrin,’’

“If the [determined] plan is actualized, the YPG terror group will withdraw from Manbij,” says Çavusoglu "Otherwise, we will intervene as we did with Afrin,’’
Quite  clearly there is no agreement 

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