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.
Turkey is upset over US collaboration with the Kurds in Syria as it feels it will empower the minority, says author/historian Gerald Horne. There’s also the question of Qatar, which Turkey has supported and President Trump has been attacking furiously.
The US decision to arm the Kurds could have repercussions in Syria, says Michael Maloof, a former Pentagon official. For Turkey’s President Erdogan, this means that the US supports the civil war against his government, analyst Gregory Copley added.
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.
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.