Thursday, October 17, 2019

Operation Peace Spring Paused: US Grovels To Turkey For a Free Pass Out of N/E Syria. Coalition Torches Lafarge Plant

  What a humiliation for the US. Israel and their terrorists proxies. Taken down quite a few notches. By Turkey for the most part. Not Turkey entirely, but, their entry in to Syria was the decisive factor in the decision  for the US to 'get out of Dodge'
 Imagine the grin on the faces of the Turkish, Russian and Syrian soldiers as they watch these so called "Syrian/ Democratic/ Egalitarian/ Freedom Fighters/ Great Fighters of ISIS (NOT) get kicked to the curb? This also informs me, as I'd suspected, there was NO DEAL between SDF/YPG/PKK and Damascus. Which was why Erdogan stated earlier when asked about this alleged deal-There are many rumours at the moment.

There may be a deal with other non separatist- terror renouncers- non extremistsKurdish parties and persons- but there  was and is NO DEAL with SDF

Update 5:45 pm EST: TASS

The agreement reached between Turkey and the United States on suspending Turkey’s Peace Spring operation cannot be considered a ceasefire with the Kurdish formations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at a press briefing in Ankara.
"We are suspending Operation Peace Spring for 120 hours in order for the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the National Defense Forces (NDF) to withdraw [from the planned security zone]. This is not a ceasefire," Cavusoglu said.
The Turkish top diplomat also said that Ankara and Washington "agreed that the NDF would hand over heavy weaponry and destroy their fortifications." "However, this does not mean that our military will leave the [combat zone]. We will remain there," the minister added.
Earlier today it was reported that the coalition blew up it's base at the Lafarge Plant-
Undoubtedly to cover up as much evidence of what was going on there as possible


Pence and Erdogan
Turkey and the United States have agreed on a 120-hour suspension of Ankara's military offensive in northeast Syria, allowing time for Kurdish forces to withdraw, and in return the United States will remove economic sanctions on Turkey, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday.
“Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,” Pence, who led talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, told reporters during a press conference in Ankara.

The United States has already been in contact with the Kurdish forces and have begun to facilitate their "orderly" withdrawal from the 30-kilometre safe zone south of the Turkish border in Syria, he said.
This explains all the reports I've noticed today about the Kurds heading for Iraq- To PKK compounds in the mountains, undoubtedly. 

Joint Turkish-US statement that followed Pence-Erdogan meeting
(Shared by Turkish foreign ministry sources)
1. The US and Turkey reaffirm their relationship as fellow members of NATO. The US understands Turkey's legitimate security concerns on Turkey's southern border.

2. Turkey and the US agree that the conditions on the ground, northeast Syria in particular, necessitate closer coordination on the basis of common interests.

3. Turkey and the US remain committed to protecting NATO territories and NATO populations against all threats with the solid understanding of "one for all and all for one".
4. The two countries reiterate their pledge to uphold human life, human rights, and the protection of religious and ethnic communities.
5. Turkey and the US are committed to D-ISIS/DAESH activities in northeast Syria. This will include coordination on detention facilities and internally displaced persons from formerly ISIS/DAESH-controlled areas, as appropriate.

6. Turkey and the US agree that counter-terrorism operations must target only terrorists and their hideouts, shelters, emplacements, weapons, vehicles and equipment.

7. The Turkish side expressed its commitment to ensure safety and well-being of residents of all population centers in the safe zone controlled by the Turkish Forces (safe zone) and reiterated that maximum care will be exercised in order not to cause harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.

8. Both countries reiterate their commitment to the political unity and territorial integrity of Syria and UN-led political process, which aims at ending the Syrian conflict in accordance with UNSCR 2254.

9. The two sides agreed on the continued importance and functionality of a safe zone in order to address the national security concerns of Turkey, to include the re-collection of YPG heavy weapons and the disablement of their fortifications and all other fighting positions.
10. The safe zone will be primarily enforced by the Turkish Armed Forces and the two sides will increase their cooperation in all dimensions of its implementation.
11. The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow the withdrawal of YPG from the safe zone within 120 hours. Operation Peace Spring will be halted upon completion of this withdrawal.
12. Once Operation Peace Spring is paused, the US agrees not to pursue further imposition of sanctions under the Executive Order of October 14, 2019, Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria, and will work and consult with Congress, as appropriate, to underline the progress being undertaken to achieve peace and security in Syria, in accordance with UNSCR 2254. Once Operation Peace Spring is halted as per paragraph 11 the current sanctions under the aforementioned Executive Order shall be lifted.
13. Both parties are committed to work together to implement all the goals outlined in this Statement.
Turkey will be watching every move the US makes with their terror proxies. As will Syria, Russia and Iran. - Very good news for the region in general.  But, still can't trust the US/Israel/Kurds or France.



  1. I've just added another news article TASS- We'll see how this is actually going to play out- However I find it amazing after all the tough talk out of the US this week that they go to Turkey and ask for safe passage.

  2. Jamestown Foundation

    Moscow Celebrates as the US Military Pulls Away from Northern Syria

    "Military forces of the United States are in retreat in portions of Syria, relocating and airlifting service personnel and Special Forces that were operating together with Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the remnants of the Islamic State (IS). Other anti-IS coalition special forces contingents from the United Kingdom, France, Norway and other allied countries deployed in Syria together with the US are also hurriedly disembarking. US troops are abandoning their bases and reconnaissance outposts without much dignity or ceremony. The US Air Force actually bombed the abandoned former US headquarters in the semi-independent Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (a.k.a. Rojava) to destroy a munitions depot and “make the facility unusable.”

    That would be the Lafarge Plant

    "The US military is apparently retreating without much preparation or any solid plan, possibly just after receiving a sudden tweet from President Donald Trump. In Moscow, this is being compared with the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. Elements of pro–Bashar al-Assad forces, together with Russian military police, entered the strategically important town of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, and the Russians took over a former US base near the city, finding the air conditioning units in abandoned US military tents still on. Communication masts with attached radio dishes and antennas tower over this abandoned US outpost, which will be searched with vigor by Russian specialists to unearth any military secrets possibly left behind during the retreat (, October 17).

    1. "The Russian military has, for months, been sending across Russia a train full of “trophy” exhibits of weapons and equipment captured in Syria from opposition and IS fighters to promote the victorious Syrian campaign Russia entered in 2015 (see EDM, April 18). Soon, this traveling militaristic PR stunt could be expanded to display US military exhibits collected in Manbij or elsewhere in Rojava to further humiliate Washington and project Russian prowess. Of course, the Russian military is overjoyed to see the US finally leave Syria, as Trump has been promising for some time; and the undignified manner of the retreat is an additional bonus. The Russian military is so pleased the US is moving out that it has offered to help facilitate the process. Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, on October 15, discussed the withdrawal with his US counterpart, Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The chief of the “Pacification Center” in the main Russian air base of Hmeimim, in Syria, General Alexei Bakin, told journalists, “We are taking all appropriate steps together with the Syrian government to ensure a safe withdrawal of all foreign solders.” Bakin called on the locals to restrain from harassing the fleeing Americans and their allies (, October 15).

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered his military, together with elements of the Turkish-armed and -supported Free Syrian Army (FSA), to invade Rojava on October 9. The goal of Operation Peace Spring is to disarm or destroy SDF forces, which Ankara considers “terrorists.” In January 2018, the same coalition of Turkish regular forces and FSA militia attacked the most western canton of Rojava—the Syrian city of Afrin. A Russian military police unit was stationed in Afrin, but it withdrew to allow the Turks to attack. Pro-al-Assad units moved into Afrin to raise the Syrian flag, but the Turks quickly pushed them out. After 58 days of fighting, the Kurdish militia—the People’s Protection Units (YPG)—withdrew from Afrin (see EDM, January 25, 2018), which, today, remains under Turkish/FSA control. After Afrin, Erdoğan has been pressing the US to abandon the Kurds in the rest of Rojava so that Ankara could nullify the entire Kurdish semi-independent federation. Southern Turkey has a large Kurdish population that desires autonomy or possibly independence; thus, the existence of Rojava is seen in Ankara as a direct threat. On October 7, Trump ordered US forces in Syria to step aside and eventually to fully withdraw, effectively green-lighting Operation Peace Spring. Abandoned by their US allies, able to fight but unable to sustain indefinitely Turkish air and heavy artillery bombardments, the Kurds have turned to al-Assad and Russia for protection (RIA Novosti, October 17).

      Damascus and Moscow have moved token forces into northern Syria. Militarily they cannot stop the Turkish onslaught or effectively provide the SDF air cover by enforcing a no fly zone over Rojava. But neither President Vladimir Putin nor President Erdoğan want or need to fight. Erdoğan has accepted Putin’s invitation to come to Sochi on October 22, for a summit to possibly seal a deal to resolve the crisis (, October 16)".

      The report about the upcoming meeting is in the today's earlier report

    2. "Moscow is apparently ready to grant Erdoğan a free hand in establishing a “security zone” south of the Turkish border, eliminating all Kurdish opposition and possibly resettling there some of the over three million Syrian refugees who are today in Turkey. Al-Assad’s government, together with Russia and Iran, will take over the oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province north of the Euphrates along with Raqqa and other parts of southern Rojava now being abandoned by the US. These oil-rich lands may provide the regime in Damascus with a much-needed source of revenue (these are Syria's resources, I've discussed a number of times here the need for them to access these assets for rebuilding and to generally take care of the populace) when Tehran has gone low on cash because of US sanctions. Likely, the battered and disgruntled but battle-hardened SDF fighters will eventually retreat from the fight with Turkey to the south, pledge fealty to Moscow and Damascus, and wait to fight another day."

      That's what they'll do with usrael right behind them! Again!

      "The amount Moscow, Tehran and Damascus have achieved in only one week is astonishing and may not be the end of wishes coming true. Trump seems to like Erdoğan and clearly does not want to punish Turkey; but depending on the direction events take in the next days and weeks, internal pressures may ultimately force the administration to impose more punitive sanctions, which could further worsen bilateral relations and strain Ankara’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). For centuries, Russia has spent vast amounts of blood and treasure and fought multiple wars in the hopes of either directly annexing the Turkish Straits or to establish a friendly client regime there, effectively moving southern Russia’s line of defense from the Black Sea coast out into the Aegean (see EDM, July 18). (Another topic that has been discussed here on more then one occasion) Pulling Turkey away from the West has been a strategic dream for generations of Russian rulers; and today, the Kremlin believes, this suddenly seems at arm’s length."