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Turkey Declares Victory in Northern Syria After Being Outmaneuvered on Every Front
Turkey is isolated and outmaneuvered in Syria. Mission accomplished?
A military operation launched by the Turkish military in northern Syria to “secure Turkey’s borders” has been successfully completed, the country’s top security board has said.
Turkey says it has “successfully” ended its seven-month Euphrates Shield military campaign in northern Syria.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim made the announcement at a meeting of the country’s security council.
He did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would now leave Syria.
Turkey launched the offensive last August to push Islamic State militants away from its border and also to stop the advance of local Kurdish fighters.
“Operation Euphrates Shield has been successful and is finished. Any operation following this one will have a different name,” Mr Yildirim said on Wednesday.
“Any operation following this one will have a different name.” That sounds reassuring.Turkey isn’t going anywhere. This is pure political posturing.
Rex Tillerson is arriving in Ankara today, for what will be the “highest-level meeting between Turkish and American officials since President Donald Trump moved in to the White House in January.”
Erdogan is also behind in the polls for an upcoming referendum, which, if passed, would give him “effective control over the judiciary, executive and legislative powers under the 18-article constitutional draft.”
And there’s nothing like “success” on the battlefield to drum up populist support.
One could argue that Turkey has succeeded in at least splintering the Kurdish cantons, but let’s be honest: Erdogan now finds himself without any reliable allies in northern Syria, and his proxy armies are weak and marginalized.Even Turkey’s diplomatic role in the conflict seems to have waned. According to the Middle East Eye:
Turkey, Russia and Iran remain the three guarantor powers for the ceasefire in Syria, but when the third round of negotiations was held in the Kazakh capital Astana on 15 March, the Syrian opposition whom Turkey backs stayed away. Though the final communique at Astana suggested that the talks had been constructive and useful, Syria blamed Turkey for the opposition boycott.
Turkey’s allies, the various factions in the Free Syria Army, are discontented with a settlement framework which is highly unfavourable to them. But since they have failed to do what the YPG has so strikingly done, i.e. coalesce into a strong modern fighting army, the groups inside the FSA are getting little or no international attention.