On Thursday, a very senior U.S. military source who spent years designing the U.S. anti-ISIS strategy with each the Kurds and the Turks expressed skepticism to the News channel concerning the Turkey-Syria cease-fire declared earlier by Vice President Pence along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The deal was declared after Pence and Pompeo met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and it calls for a 120-hour cease-fire. Turkey’s military incursion into northeastern Syria last week, referred to as Operation Peace Spring, will pause throughout that point so Kurdish-led forces can pull back from a 20-mile-wide safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. The U.S. and Turkey agreed that the military operation would end entirely upon completion of the Kurdish withdrawal, based on the deal.
“There isn’t a method the Kurds can leave that safety zone,” the military source informed News news channel. “There are thousands of Kurds who stay in what the Turks need as a buffer zone. That’s where these fighters’ families stay. That’s where they are from.”
In other words, thousands of Kurdish civilians live within the known as a buffer zone, based on the source.
Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Syrian Kurdish military leader who serves as commander of the SDF, announced that he would accept.
When requested if there was an issue with Turks going to Russia now to take the advice of with Russian President Vladimir Putin and SDF leaders going to Russia, the source responded emphatically, “Yeah, I’ve got an issue,” including: “There are going to be second-, third-, fourth-order consequences. Some of which we can already see.”
Turkish officials stated they “got what we wanted” out of the meeting with the U.S., however, fell short of calling the agreement a cease-fire.