Syrian Government Regains Control Over Country's
By Moon Of Alabama
October 14, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" -Eight days ago U.S.
President Donald Trump gave
a green light for another Turkish invasion of
Syria. We explained why that move made it inevitable
for the Kurds to submit to Damascus and to let the
Syrian Arab Army back into northeast Syria:
While the YPG might want to fight off a Turkish
invasion they have little chance to succeed. The
land is flat and the YPG forces only have light
There is only one solution for them. They
will have to call up the Syrian government and
ask it to come back into the north east. That
would remove the Turkish concerns and would
likely prevent further Turkish moves.
After Trump had spoken with the Turkish president
Erdogan, the U.S. military removed a few of its
forces from some areas near the Turkish border. The
Pentagon was still under the false impression that
Turkey would limit its invasion to some 5 kilometer
in depth. It was obvious, as we
wrote, that Turkey wanted far more:
A major goal is to interrupt the M4 highway that
runs parallel to the border and allows for troop
movements between the east and the west of the
Kurdish majority areas. The highway is about
20-30 kilometers from the border.
The M4 road is also one of the major logistical
routes for the U.S. troops stationed in the western
The Kurds could do little to resist the Turkish
onslaught. On Saturday Turkish supported "Syrian
rebels" reached the M4 highway and captured and
killed several Kurdish troops and civilians who were
passing by. The Pentagon finally
took notice of the imminent danger:
“This is total chaos,” a senior administration
official said at midday, speaking on the
condition of anonymity about the confusing
situation in Syria.
Although “the Turks gave guarantees to us”
that U.S. forces would not be harmed, the
official said, Syrian militias allied with them
“are running up and down roads, ambushing and
attacking vehicles,” putting American forces —
as well as civilians — in danger even as they
withdraw. The militias, known as the
Free Syrian Army, “are crazy and not reliable.”
Ahhhh. The "Free Syrian Army", which the U.S.
built and supplied with an immense amount of weapons
to fight the Syrian government, is "crazy and not
reliable". How come that all the think tankers and
'journalists' who for years lauded that 'army' never
The Pentagon finally recognized that it was not
possible to hold onto the area without starting a
war with its NATO partner Turkey. On Saturday
evening Trump gave the order that all U.S. troops
shall leave northeast Syria within 30 days. The
Secretary of Defense did not resign as his
predecessor did over a similar decision but
defended the move.
The decision was the kick in the ass the Kurds
needed to agree to the return of Syrian government
troops to the area they had held on to while under
U.S. command. Currently Syrian troops and their
heavy weapons are
streaming in. Their primary task is to prevent
any further encroachment by Turkish forces. They
will also move to retake the oil fields east of Deir
Ezzor and they will take control of the prison camps
where ISIS fighters are held.
As of this writing Syrian troops (red) have
entered Manbij, Ain al Issa, Tabqa airbase near
Raqqa and Tel Tamr. Turkish supported groups (green)
hold Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ayn and the villages
between those two cities. That area has an Arab
wish to keep their 'autonomous administration'
of northeast Syria. While
talks are still ongoing I do not expect that the
mostly Arab inhabitants of the whole area, nor the
Syrian government will agree to that. There can not
be a special status for any of Syria's many ethnic
or religious groups.
The Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces will be
disbanded. Its soldiers will be integrated into the
Syrian army. The Syrian government will also disband
the 'autonomous' Kurdish administration. It will
confiscate the weapons the U.S. has given to the
Kurds. All this will take some time but it will, in
the end, remove the Turkish concerns that the
organized Syrian Kurdish groups could enter Turkey
to fight on the side of their PKK separatist
The U.S. had more than 1,000 troops in northeast
Syria. There were also several hundred French and
British special forces and some 2,000 U.S.
contractors. They, and a huge amount of equipment,
are now moving out. They have nothing to fear from
the Syrian forces. Syria is happy to see them leave.
(Reports that the U.S.yesterday bombed Syrian troops
The strategic plan behind last weeks development
must have come from Moscow. Russia has tried for
some time to get Turkey into its camp. Russia, Iran
and Syria allowed Turkey a limited invasion of Syria
to scare the U.S. out. Russia largely
supported the Turkish move but it will also set
Since last year Trump looked for a chance to move
the U.S. troops out of Syria. The borg made that
politically unfeasible. The Turkish (Russian) move
gave him the excuse he needed.
It is possible that the whole arrangement was
made for exactly that purpose.
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