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Almost new horizons in Turkey-US relations

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18.05.2020

Perhaps at glacier speed yet things appear to have started to move between Turkey and the U.S. Stars are almost getting aligned what with Turkey in dire need of fresh monies to fill its fast emptying forex coffers and the U.S. shifting its military focus for the umpteenth time from the MidEast to global rivalry with first China and then Russia. For sure, there are few more obstacles en route to this new temptation between the two countries but these are not immovable mountains. They involve a streamlining of strategies in Libya and Syria fronts, a mutually suitable outcome for the S-400 issue and the compartmentaliazation of the Kurdish conflict into separate conflicts.

On Syria, U.S. Special Representative Jeffrey recently mentioned “a very limited American military presence for a very specific goal: to go after ISIS, supporting military operations of other countries in various ways—Turkey, Israel—and focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure” and added that “this (i.e. Syria) isn’t a quagmire; my job is to make it a quagmire for the Russians.” More or less this is what Turkish foray into the now shrunk but fortified northern half of the Idleb pocket is........

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