​​​​​​​US researcher: Turkish attacks undermine efforts to fight ISIS

An American researcher warned that the Turkish occupation army's attacks on North and East Syria would negatively affect the battle against ISIS.

After the Istanbul bombing, the Turkish occupying state escalated its attacks on North and East Syria; Targeted infrastructure.

The attacks also targeted places of detention of ISIS mercenaries and their families in Qamishlo and al-Hol, as well as a SDF counter-terrorism centre; Responsible for pursuing ISIS mercenary cells.

Calvin Wilder, a researcher on Turkish affairs at the American Institute of Newlines, spoke to ANHA’s agency on the Turkish attacks: "Turkey has two main objectives in this first aerial campaign; lay the groundwork for a possible land invasion to occupy land from the SDF - most likely starting with the cities of Kobani or Manbij.”

Despite all the Turkish attacks and crimes, the US researcher considers that "the United States and Russia oppose a new Turkish offensive that could thwart this effort."

"The second, more modest goal is to gradually weaken the SDF over time, even without a new attack on the ground, as Turkish airstrikes target key political and military leaders, destroy civilian infrastructure, and deter foreign investors and development workers from expanding their work in the region." In his view, "all this leaves the SDF and AANES in a more politically, militarily and economically weak position."

"The second, more modest goal is to gradually weaken the SDF over time, even without a new attack on the ground, as Turkish airstrikes target key political and military leaders, destroy civilian infrastructure, and deter foreign investors and development workers from expanding their work in the region." In his view, "all this leaves the SDF and the autonomy of northern and eastern Syria in a more politically, militarily and economically weak position."

Wilder considered that the bombing of the Turkish occupation of northern and eastern Syria "harms the fight against ISIS, forcing the SDF to divert resources that could be used against ISIS in order to prepare for a possible battle against Turkey. The SDF has highly trained and well-trained forces. (counter-terrorism forces) usually focus on anti-ISIS operations, but in the event of a Turkish invasion, they are likely to be redeployed on the front lines with Turkey ".

"We have already seen this thing, during October 2019, during the Turkish offensive against North-eastern Syria, the SDF was very clear that it could not fight Turkey while maintaining adequate security levels in prisons housing ISIL detainees and the risk of disintegration of the new ISIS prison increased significantly because of this."

Despite all these attacks on infrastructure in North and East Syria and their impact on the war against ISIS, there have been no strong Western condemnations of the Turkish aggression against the north of Syria. Wilder attributed this to the fact that "the United States sees Turkey as a key strategic ally, and this relationship with Washington has grown in importance since the Russian invasion of Ukraine; There is therefore a reluctance to put too much pressure on Ankara over Syria."

T/Satt.

ANHA


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