The US is supplying arms to the Kurds in Syria for its own goals, says investigative journalist Rick Sterling. Thinking it will be able to recover those weapons once ISIS is defeated is a fairytale, adds journalist Martin Jay.
I think Turkey is going to have to take what it gets here, especially if the US does move forward with cooperation with Russia against ISIS and other terrorist groups. The Kurds are going to be essential to that, Jim Jatras, former US diplomat, told RT.
It remains to be seen whether Washington will get behind the Russian-backed de-escalation deal on Syria, analysts say. However, if we’re looking at America’s national interests, there is a lot for Washington to take advantage of here.
For five years, Ankara has put itself at the forefront of the American plan to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and at huge cost to itself, but now it has been completely isolated, says Dan Glazebrook, geopolitical analyst.
Ankara’s strike against the Kurdish-held areas in Iraq and Syria is a political gambit by the Turks and a message from Erdogan to the US that he is really not happy about the situation, says Martin Jay, Beirut-based award-winning journalist.
An RT crew has gained access to the strategic Tabqa dam, partially recaptured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces with the help of US troops who were deployed to Syria to “train, advise and assist” but who were spotted just miles away from Raqqa frontline.