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After abandoning Kurds in Syria, US declares Idlib must remain in Turkish hands

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16.02.2020

Analysis. In the US-Turkey-Russia triangle vying for the division of zones of influence, it seems that Washington has decided on a wedge tactic, inserting itself into the increasingly visible cracks in the dialogue between Moscow and Ankara.

written by Alberto Negri

Topic Middle East and North Africa

February 16, 2020

Idlib must not fall: this time, the Americans agree with Erdogan, more explicitly than ever before. James Jeffrey, the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement, said on the Turkish TV station NTV that “the United States totally agrees with Turkey on the legal presence and justification for Turkey defending its existential interests,” and that “NATO has been helpful to Turkey and it’s still helpful to Turkey.”

In the US-Turkey-Russia triangle vying for the division of zones of influence, it seems that Washington has decided on a wedge tactic, inserting itself into the increasingly visible cracks in the dialogue between Moscow and Ankara, on which the fate of a vast strategic arc that goes from Syria to Libya seemed to depend.

The American move should be read as an anti-Russian one, but most of all as an anti-Iranian one, the historical ally of Assad, and which, after the killing of General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq by the US and the advance of the Syrian army into the country’s north, is strengthening its presence in support of the Syrian Baathist regime.

Idlib could be the stage of the........

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