…by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

A few days ago, Russia, Syria and the Kurdish Defense Forces came to an agreement to cooperate against Turkey. At a later date, Syria’s Kurds are to seek the best political deal they can get from Damascus.

The situation is this, Turkey is not doing so well on the battlefield, their fake army of mercenaries and criminals are being slaughtered by extremely well-armed and well-trained Kurds (thanks USA!), while American troops fled Northern Syria leaving behind radios, dirty laundry, house pets and their dignity and honor.

Two weeks into the fight, after telling the US that Pence can go to hell, Erdogan and Pence agree to allow the Kurds (and Syrian Arab Army) to withdraw so Turkey can move out its wounded, bury its dead, and tow away 3 dozen burned out hulks that used to be German-built Leopard tanks destroyed by latest version American TOW missiles, which the Kurds have by the thousands.

Where is Turkey’s air force? Well, with Syria moving forward, BUK2 and Pantsir S1 units are deploying with the Syrian Arab Army with some forward deployment of longer range S300 systems.

This, of course, leaves Damascus vulnerable to Israeli attack were it not for an agreement between Russia and Israel which is being tested as we speak.

Where the farce is can be explained easily. The US ran away and now has no “standing”, as the US has no troops in the field. Syria has control of US areas, and Russians have moved forward to the line of contact in several areas containing Turkish advance where other forces are not yet deployed.

In the last 72 hours, Syria now controls 20% more territory than before, the kind of “big win” only seen with Hitler’s blitzkrieg. Syria has its oil back, much of it, its water supplies and its agricultural centers, all lost to American and Kurdish control.

Syria may not be stronger today, but a Syrian army backed by Kurds with a load is stronger still.

Cover for Syrian Army movements against Turkey are Iranian forces.

This is where things get difficult. Iran is close to Turkey, a major economic partner.

Russia is close to Turkey, a major economic partner.

Then we have the agreement itself, between the US, who has nobody left on the ground, and Turkey, who isn’t doing so well, a nation whose currency is worthless and whose economy, even without Donald Trump, is in freefall.

Pence has agreed to award much of Northern Syria to Turkey, setting up a safe zone guaranteed by US troops that no longer exist and in consultation with no one actively fighting on the field.

Erdogan says he is willing to let the Kurds withdraw, while Kurds are doing quite the opposite, moving forward to confront Turkey, aided by the Syrian Army which has an air force and extremely powerful mobile air defenses as well.

OK, in a day, two days, Erdogan will meet with Putin and all this will be straightened out, or everyone hopes. Yet, Russia’s fake “zio-press,” and we mean RT and Sputnik, are spinning this as a great victory by Turkey against Russian-backed Syria?

What we do know is that Putin and Lavrov will never allow a Turkish “safe zone” guaranteed by non-existent US forces inside Syria. It will NEVER happen. The Erdogan-Pence Treaty of 2019 will go down in history with the invention of brown toilet paper.

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  2. Probably I’m alone in my opinion that this is theater and butt covering. The plan was going smoothly…until SAA and Russians started to place themselves at every inch of ceded territory. Erdos terrorists proved to be less than able to accomplish the aims without even more Turkish aid, in whatever form. This was not good for the plan, a reason for an all stop was needed to take time to figure out what they needed to do to slow or stymie the SAA advance. The fact that the Kurds welcomed this fake BS is illuminating as well. Their ‘loyalty’ is fleeting at best or they are truly fodder and nothing else. The existing US/Turk plan is becoming ever more visible, as the results seem to resemble the original plan…northern Syrian corridor and oil fields and all points south US controlled. That the Syrians/Russians have been able to take advantage of every lapse in planning by the US/Turkey is to be lauded. When Erdo gets to Sochi, he’ll find out what Putin will and will not allow (and just how screwed their plan is).

  3. The fact that Erdogan’s operation in the north of Syria didn’t go as planned, it became clear literally a few days after it began. Turkey pursued a policy of double standards – playing its card in relations with both Washington and Moscow.
    The Americans warned Erdogan that there was no need to climb to the north of Syria, but he felt that the right moment had arrived and began to deploy military operations. After which he came across the most unpleasant surprise for himself, or rather, even a few:
    1. The first is that the Syrian Kurds have crossed over to the side of Damascus. They declared Turkey a general occupier. Thus, given our relations in the “Astana troika” and the fact that Russia and Iran actively support Damascus, this is a blow to the troika itself and this negotiating format.

    • 2. Second – Erdogan failed to agree with the Americans. At first, Trump seemed to promise to provide support, but the bet on him was unsuccessful. Turkish diplomacy failed to calculate all the moves, and sanctions were imposed against Ankara.
      3. Another important point is that Erdogan underestimated the possibilities of Russian-American cooperation in Syria. Please note that the Americans left Manbij under the guise of Russia, they go south under the guise of the Russian VKS. Because public rhetoric is one thing, and practice is another.
      So it turns out that suddenly, Moscow and Washington, for various reasons, opposed the Turkish operation in northern Syria. Erdogan has nowhere to go. He called to Moscow, and Vladimir Putin invited him to negotiate.
      “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans”.

  4. me thinks this was a well planned strategy of neocons and zionists to break up the alliance between russia, iran, and turkey, and have them fight each other. as it appears it is starting to happen.

  5. So, maybe all the congressional rage at abandoning our allies, the Kurds, is misplaced, and the joke is on Erdogan. I haven’t liked him since the Turkish downing of the Su-24, or the assassination of Russian Ambassador, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara, not to mention Turkish theft of Syrian infrastructure and purchase of stolen Syrian crude.

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