Syrian observers: 24 hours after Trump announcement, Turkey strikes in Iraq, not Syria

Syrian observers: 24 hours after Trump announcement, Turkey strikes in Iraq, not Syria
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[Ed. – This doesn’t mean Turkey won’t strike in Syria. But the incentive structure for everyone changed as soon as the U.S. stopped guaranteeing the Kurdish safe zone in northern Syria.  It’s not actually surprising that Erdogan hasn’t rushed in.  We can bet the phone line between Ankara and Moscow is on fire right now.]

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights denied a report by Syrian state news agency SANA earlier on Monday evening claiming that Turkey had conducted airstrikes in Syria against the Syrian Democratic Forces. According to the SOHR, the airstrikes hit targets in Iraq.

A White House official stated later on Monday night that the US has not seen any signs of a Turkish operation in Syria yet, according to Steve Herman, a reporter from Voice of America news. …

There are only 50 to 100 “special operators” in the region who the US does not want endangered if the Turks come over the border to engage with the Kurds. “This does not constitute a withdrawal from Syria,” said the official to Herman, adding that the US does not endorse any Turkish operation in Syria.

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