Wednesday, August 31, 2016

U.S. Strategy To Wage War Against The Islamic State Has Resulted In Another Conflict in Syria

VICE News: The US is pissing off everyone in northern Syria

When US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Turkey on Monday to "stay focused" in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) and stop attacking US-backed Kurdish forces, Turkish officials responded with a suggestion of their own.

"Americans should revise their policy of supporting (the Kurdish-led force) at all costs," Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said in a Turkish newspaper on Tuesday.

It was the latest rebuke to American damage-control efforts after US-backed Kurdish forces clashed with American NATO ally Turkey over the weekend. The Syrian Kurds blew up a Turkish tank in the north of Syria on Saturday, killing at least one soldier, and Turkish warplanes attacked Syrian Kurds the following day, killing at least 35 people.

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Update: Washington's Syrian headache: Keeping Turkey and Kurds apart (Nick Paton Walsh, CNN)

WNU Editor: Turkey is furious at the U.S. .... Syria war: Turkey hits out at US over Kurds comments (BBC). The Kurds must feel abandoned .... New U.S. Policy: Kill the Kurds (Alertnet). And everyone else is of the opinion that this U.S. strategy has resulted in another war in Syria ....
U.S. Strategy to Fight ISIS Has Set Off a New Conflict in Syria (The Intercept).

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