Pentagon warns Turkey against operation targeting Syrian Kurds

Source:al Monitor Date:14Dec2018

This is an excellent article detailing the ambiguities of Turkey’s pre-announced campaign in North East Syria.  Ankara and Washington may have a classic “lost in translation” situation.


Others argue that Turkey may judge this moment to bully Washington into submission as particularly opportune. In any case, none of it should come as a surprise. Asli Aydintasbas, a senior fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations, contended that Turkey had made its intentions known in private meetings with US officials “for some time.” Aydintasbas told Al-Monitor, “Turkey has seen the Americans talk tough before but then failing to commit to the SDF either politically or militarily or pushing back when matters come to a head.”