Pentagon: Buffer zone agreement in Syria will be implemented gradually in stages

An agreement between Turkey and the United States to establish a so-called "buffer zone" in northern and eastern Syria will be implemented gradually, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday. He pointed out that some operations related to the agreement will begin soon.

"We are currently reviewing options for a joint coordination center with our Turkish military counterparts," Defense Department spokesman Sean Robertson said, adding that the security mechanism would be implemented in stages.

"The United States is ready to start some activities quickly as we continue talks with the Turks."

According to the terms of the agreement reached last week between Ankara and Washington, the authorities will use the focal point to be based in Turkey to prepare for the so-called “buffer zone” in northern Syria, the aim of this area is to create a buffer zone between the Turkish border and the areas of northern and eastern Syria.

But retired Gen. Joseph Votel, the former head of US Central Command until March, publicly opposed Turkey's control of such an area, and warned that a Syrian safe area controlled by Turkey would "create more problems for all parties there."

Votel said in his article written jointly with the expert on Turkish affairs at George Washington University Gonul length that "The imposition of a security zone 20 miles (30 kilometers) north and east of Syria would be counterproductive, including the likely displacement of 90 percent of the Kurdish population, the worsening humanitarian situation that is currently a major challenge, and creating an environment for further conflict."

Since the start of the Syrian crisis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to occupy areas where the Kurds are historically located, and has used mercenary groups, ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra to eliminate the Kurdish people there, but after these mercenary gangs failed, the Turkish army intervened directly and occupied Afrin in March 2018.

Erdogan then began making threats to occupy northern and eastern Syria that had been liberated from ISIS and, through a buffer zone, sought to occupy that area and change its demography as he did in the currently occupied Afrin.

The Commander -in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces said during an interview with our agency (ANHA), that the agreement to form a "buffer zone ", will be agreed with them, and that it will be in stages, stretching between the Tigris and Euphrates.

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ANHA


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