Jeffrey made several things clear, none of which will please Turkey. For one, he stated, albeit elliptically, that US forces in northeastern Syria are staying indefinitely. Touching on Trump’s shock announcement in December that he had ordered the withdrawal of all troops from Syria, Jeffrey said, "It’s been reversed in the sense that, while the president is continuing with the withdrawal, his plan is to keep for an indeterminate time, a residual force in the northeast.”
"Second, Jeffrey, a former US ambassador to Turkey who long aired sympathy for Ankara’s gripes about the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) being “the same thing” as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighting Turkish troops in Turkey, struck a coolly neutral tone about this issue. He acknowledged Turkish concerns about the group, “given its ties to the PKK.” But he seemed to suggest that this was really Ankara’s problem. “We have certain obligations to the people who fought with us,” Jeffrey said"Safe zone is all about protecting the PKK in Syria. US backed terrorists in Turkey and Syria. Again, not a shocker.
From December 04 /18 post- 5 Indicators the US will escalate in Syria and beyondIn other words the US will do as they've done always and protect their terrorists.
First: The announcement of US outposts along the Syrian/Turkish border.
This US move was a direct amping up of the war. to increase the power or force of (something) Despite the US claims of assisting Turkey and securing them from terrorism. They are not. The US is protecting their proxy forces and prepping for future moves against Turkey. And Iran. The US is NOT protecting Turkey.
" In other words, Jeffrey was confirming what Turkey has claimed all along, that the safe zone as envisaged by the United States, would essentially be to protect Kurds from Turkish attacks rather than the other way around"
Exactly as I'd reported so, so long ago...
Officials from Washington welcomed the move and explained that the two European countries would contribute 10% to 15% more elite soldiers, as reported by The Guardian.RT
Both countries have a limited number of special forces on the ground in Syria, and will commit to a troop increase of between 10 and 15 percent ( the US is staying to occupy- period)
See yesterday's post concerning the US bill to remake the Eastern Mediterranean