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Feb 20, 2018

Strange bedfellows as Syrian government moves to support US-backed fighters

The Syrian government has pivoted towards helping US-supported Kurdish forces in their fight against a Turkish invasion in Northern Syria, further muddling the region's complex web of alliances.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

In what might be seen to be an odd move, Syrian government forces appear to be moving to push Turkish soldiers out of the north-western Afrin canton in a bid to assist the separatist Kurdish forces. The Turkish army invaded northern Syria last month to extinguish the creation of a 30,000 strong, Kurdish-dominated "border security force" backed by the US.

The Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) are closely linked to Turkey’s outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Following the collapse of its ceasefire with the PKK in 2015, the Turkish government claims that the PKK, and by extension the YPG, are terrorists.

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  1. old greybearded one

    Australia and the US have been happy to use the Kurds and then dump them. Not a word form Julie Bishop in their support. The Russian influence n Turkey and now Egypt is a result of Trump’s craven attitude to the Saudis and his “Jared wants the West Bank” policy on Israel. America has vacated the field as far as the locals are concerned. We and the US have spent a lot of money fighting an organisation that draws its finance form the Saudis and its recruits via Turkey, both supporters of Sunni militants now. The pseudo coup against Erdogan (assuming he didn’t actually foment it) has left him in a position of near dictatorship. It is obvious thst his hunger for power is creating a kind of IslamoFascist state and that he is an autocratic scumbag. The west has chosen very poor allies, they in fact are among our current enemies.

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