Published: Wed, October 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian Federation warns Syrian-Kurdish YPG must pull back or face Turkish army

Russian Federation warns Syrian-Kurdish YPG must pull back or face Turkish army

"There is no place for the (Kurdish fighters) in Syria's future".

The biggest winners are Turkey and Russian Federation. Turkey's military says the U.S. has told it that all Kurdish fighters have now left that area.

During the meeting, Assad said in condemnation of a Turkish military incursion into northeastern Syria, "Erdogan has robbed the factories, wheat and oil, and today he is robbing the land".

"We are in the middle of a battle and the right thing to do is to rally efforts to lessen the damages from the invasion and to expel the invader sooner or later", he told troops, adding that Kurdish fighters would be granted an amnesty if they returned to the fold of the Syrian government. After a storm of criticism, Washington moved to broker a five-day ceasefire that was set to expire Tuesday night.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin held talks in the Black Sea town of Sochi just hours before the cease-fire was set to expire. Vowing to get American soldiers out of the region and its "endless wars", Trump has said he sees no problem with Russian Federation and Turkey taking over as power brokers.

A complete pullout of the YPG would mark a victory for Erdogan, who launched a cross-border offensive on October 9 to drive the Kurdish militia from the border and create a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees.

"But in the event that that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action", Pompeo said without specifying what constituted a red line for the United States to take military action toward fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey.

According to the deal with Russian Federation announced at a joint news conference in Sochi, Ankara will control a 32km-wide (20 miles) area between the towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain, which covers 120km (75 miles) of the Turkish-Syrian border.

"In general, stable and long-term stabilization in Syria can only be reached if the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity are adhered to", Putin said Tuesday, in comments published by Russia's Tass news agency.

He added "When we face an aggression or robbery, we should stand by each other and should coordinate between us, but some Syrians haven't done that, particularly over the first years of the war..."

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While Trump was responding positively to the Turkish operation into Syria, he didn't refrain from making threats, telling Turkey that he would "destroy" its economy as he's "done before" if Turkey "does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits".

The United States, meanwhile, ran into a new hitch in getting its troops out of Syria, with neighboring Iraq's military saying Tuesday that the American forces did not have permission to stay on its territory.

The border region, however, is the heartland of Syria's Kurdish minority.

Details of the deal between the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, another name for the group) that have been leaked suggest that the SDF has invited regime forces to take over towns that once were under their control near the Turkey-Syria border. That may prevent a massive flight of civilians but would be a heavy blow to Kurdish autonomy dreams.

The deal is also a mixed bag for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On Wednesday, Russia's defence ministry said the Syrian government would establish 15 border posts with Turkey.

Assad has vowed to reunite all the territory under Damascus' rule.

Erdoğan hailed the deal as "a historic agreement" while addressing reporters alongside Putin.

On Tuesday the Syrian dictator paid a visit to his troops on the front lines of Idlib province, in territory recently reclaimed from Turkish-backed militias.

Some 120 civilians have been killed in the battle, along with 259 Kurdish fighters, 196 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and seven Turkish soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group.

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