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The F-35 won’t fly to Turkey

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Turkey and the United States seem to have finally agreed on how to solve the Manbij puzzle in Syria, which has been poisoning relations like an open wound for almost two years. A long-awaited summit between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in Washington sealed a road map, which represents the U.S.’s official commitment to the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River.

Following the announcement of the deal, U.S. officials confirmed they are committed to implementing the road map as quickly as possible, but also insisted that they cannot attach a specific timeframe to it. In reality, behind closed doors they agreed on a very concrete and specific timeframe, which requires the process to be completed on Sept. 5. The first phase of the 10-day diplomatic preparation needs to be completed this week. The second phase of preparations on the ground needs to be over 30 days after the diplomatic preparations are concluded. This means we must start seeing concrete steps on the ground roughly towards the end of July.

The road map requires the deconstruction of both the Manbij........

© Hürriyet Daily News