Omer Ozkizilcik is an analyst for the SETA Foundation and is an editor at Suriye Gundemi.
The Syrian regime and Russia were under the impression that the YPG is on the ropes, but that turned out to be a strategic miscalculation as the YPG is still unwilling to make major concessions. This means the YPG-Syrian regime deal is falling apart.
Turkey's operation has been widely condemned in the West, and mostly by those who don't understand Syria, the region, or its people.
Trump's announcement in Syria could ease tensions between the US and Turkey and facilitate dialogue between the two long-standing NATO allies.
Specific details of the Turkey-US agreement over safe-zones in Syria have not been officially announced, but there is hardly an entity which hasn't presented its own version about what happened behind closed doors.
The US may have to go back to the drawing board for its Syria policy if it forces Turkey into another operation in Syria.
The EU and US are misinterpreting Turkey’s actions as a whim of President Erdogan, but buying the S-400 missile defence system and drilling for oil in the eastern Mediterranean are supported across the political spectrum.
The clock is ticking fast and Washington can no longer afford to ignore Turkey's security obstacles and continue its support of the PKK terror group's Syrian affiliates.
If the US decides to rapture relations between the two allies, Turkey could follow its own path on regional politics.
As the Assad regime, supported by Russia, continues to bombard locations within the so-called demilitarisation zone, Turkish retaliation has proved the strategy could be costly.
Claiming to be defeating ‘militants’ in Afrin, the YPG/PKK is criticised for indiscriminate attacks and civilian deaths.
Syria's Turkmen joined the uprising against the Syrian regime right at the beginning, and have found a powerful ally in Turkey. But if Bashar al Assad holds onto power, they may face a bleak future in Syria.
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