Despite varying international pressures over years, Iran intends to remain an influential actor on the ground and maintain cards of power and pressure that allow it to protect its strategic interests.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says hundreds of children, mostly boys, have been moved to prisons from al Hol camp in Al Hasakah, Syria, an area controlled by US-backed YPG militia.
In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry “strongly” condemned the attack and its perpetrators, including one of the YPG/PKK’s other aliases, the so-called SDF.
Turkey is a US ally and a NATO member, but under President Erdogan’s assertive foreign policy, Ankara has shown the capacity to go its own way if necessary.
The youth of Arab-dominated Manbij city were forced to join the SDF ranks for years until the longstanding resentment exploded into social unrest.
YPG/PKK terrorists opened fire to disperse the protesters and detained many civilians during the past two days who had participated in the popular movement against the terror group's forced recruitment of children.
A Kurdish medium school curriculum enforced upon Arab and Kurdish students in parts of SDF-controlled northeastern Syria teaches the PKK terror group's ideology and prevents students from pursuing higher education.
“The countries which prefer to cooperate with terrorists will get lost in a black hole unless they change their mentality,” says Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his party’s parliamentary group meeting in the capital Ankara.
Stressing the significance the US attaches to relations in all dimensions with Turkey, including trade and economy, US ambassador to Turkey Satterfield said Turkey is an important and valuable strategic partner of the US and a NATO ally.
Former US envoy to Damascus, Robert Ford, says Ankara's cooperation in fight against Daesh will be easier if the new Joe Biden administration ends direct assistance for PKK/YPG terror group.
It's been nearly three years since a new governance and security infrastructure was put in place in Afrin, Syria - but the menace of terror still haunts its people.
The first order of business between the Biden administration and Ankara should be a mutual and honest assessment of critical events.
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