Tonight on Dark Secret Place, we tried to help clear up the confusion of the recent goings on in Syria with the impending US military withdrawal. Who exactly are the Kurds that the US is arming? Why does Turkey want to eliminate them?
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In the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America's military forces from Syria, everyone seems to be talking about the vacuum that's going to replace those missing American boots.
This week, the Turkish government had declared their intention to send a delegation to their counterparts in Russia to discuss if, and how, the two nations will be cooperating in Syria once the Americans leave.
Well, that meeting has come and gone, and to the surprise of no one at all the two countries have decided to officially enter into - or more realistically continue - cahoots.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin demonstrate "cahoots" for the press. Do these guys know how to party or what?!
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the agreement on Saturday:
"An understanding was reached of how military representatives of Russia and Turkey will continue to coordinate their steps on the ground under new conditions with a view to finally rooting out terrorist threats in Syria."
Oh that Lavrov!
Has a Turkish invasion already begun?
Although the United States military denies it, the Syrian government is reporting that Turkish forces are already inside their country at the town of Manbij and are lodging threats to "liberate" it from the Kurdish "People's Protection Units (or "YPG")" who have held it since 2016.
The Turkish government views the YPG as terrorists holding territory uncomfortably close to their borders. That doesn't seem to frighten American and French special ops forces though, who are stationed among the YPG in Manbij.
YPG militiamen in Kobane, Syria, just south of the Turkish border.
Whether or not the claims are legitimate, something that remains properly unquestioned is that the Turkish government are completely hellbent on eliminating Kurdish presence from anywhere near their southern border.
Terrorists or not.
Never mind they successfully persuaded Google to wipe Kurdistan off the map just three days ago, and I might as well take the time to remind readers that Turkish vehemence toward all things Kurdish is so strong, that it's illegal to even utter the word "Kurdistan" there.
US-YPG relations, Turkey's chagrin
Fortunately for the YPG, the US has been directly assisting their war efforts since at least 2014, and in classic American fashion - arming them with weaponry.
Even better, 3 anonymous US military officials just stated that commanders are recommending the YPG be permitted to keep their American provisions as part of the American troop-withdrawal treatise.
Listen to the Dark Secret Place Saturdays from 8-11pm Pacific on KFI AM 640 and iHeartRADIO for Bryan Suits' continuing coverage of the ongoing Syrian crisis.
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