Erdogan threatens, Washington mediates

As Turkish threats of attacks on northern and eastern Syria continue, US military officials meet with their Turkish counterparts to prevent Turkey from attacking.

The international press today referred to the Turkish threats to North and East Syria, the Yemeni conflict, tension in the Gulf, the arms crisis between Washington and Moscow.

US officials are trying to prevent a Turkish offensive against Kurdish allies in Syria

US military officials have arrived in Ankara for meetings aimed at preventing Turkey from carrying out an attack against Washington's allies in northern Syria, according to the British Independent newspaper which confirmed that the meeting comes after the Turkish president threatened to enter Syria if no agreement is reached.

US officials described the high-level meetings as a last-ditch effort to discourage Turkey from launching a unilateral attack, which Trump warned it would harm the battle against Daesh.

Turkey wants its troops to control an area of ​​19 to 25 miles inside Syria, while the United States is discussing a much smaller area. However, the Syrian Democratic Forces say the unilateral incursion by Turkey will be seen as an occupation and will be met.

"If the Turkish state does not choose dialogue for a solution, we will be ready for war. If an attack is launched on any area, this attack will not be limited to this area," the newspaper quoted Nawroz Ahmed, a leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who made the remarks yesterday. "The long border with the Turkish state will become a war zone."

The United States has tried to act as an intermediary between its allies, but Ankara has been frustrated by the Trump administration's blocking of plans to create a safe area. After initially rejecting any Turkish role in the proposed safe zone, analysts say the Syrian Democratic Forces may have to accept a joint US-Turkish operation.

"The American team believes that the only thing that prevents the Turkish army from invading is allowing Turkish military units to patrol northern and eastern Syria with the coalition," Nicholas Heras, a fellow at the Center for New American Security, told the paper.

Britain announces its accession to the US-led naval force in the Gulf region

Tensions between Britain and Iran have escalated since Iran seized a tanker in July, according to a New York Times report.

Britain announced on Monday that it would join the United States "in the International Maritime Security Force" to protect commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz amid escalating tensions with Iran. "This force will strengthen security and provide security for navigation," British Foreign Secretary Dominique Rapp said in a statement.

"We remain committed to working with Iran and our international partners to defuse the critical situation and maintain the nuclear agreement," the minister said.

Tensions between Britain and Iran have escalated since Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in July. This came after Britain's decision to detain an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar on suspicion of violating the EU's ban on selling oil to Syria.

However, Britain at the time resisted the idea of ​​joining its naval forces to the United States, and instead thought of forming a protection force with the Europeans.

America should talk to the Houthis

We remain in the same paper, talking about the Houthis' attacks by missiles or air strikes by drones to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, or shipping lines on the Red Sea, which would constitute a wider conflict involving the United States and its Gulf allies and Iran.

In the fifth year of the bloody war between Ansar Allah, the Iranian-backed movement known as the Houthis, and the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States, Washington should open some lines of dialogue with the Houthis to find a political solution in Yemen.

Putin: Russia will watch the United States to keep pace with the development of missiles

According to the Wall Street Journal, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered increased Russian surveillance of what the United States will do to develop short and medium-range missiles.

Putin said on Monday that if Russia got information that the United States was developing new missiles, his country would "be forced to start a large-scale development of similar missiles."

He added that Russia "will not deploy those missiles in certain areas only after the deployment of US missiles there."

He stressed that if there were no new talks on strategic security, "this scenario means the resumption of the uncontrolled arms race."


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