Washington vows to protect north Syria

While the US Secretary of Defense said that Washington will prevent any Turkish attack on north and east of Syria, observers believe that Washington cannot relinquish of this region to achieve its strategy.

On Wednesday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon the battles in De-escalation and Turkish threats against north and east of Syria.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Dead, Wounded due to Russian and Syrian bombardment on the countryside of Idlib and Hama.

On the Syrian issue, Asharq Al-Awsat reported on the situation in the zone of De-escalation. On Tuesday. At least five people killed and 30 wounded in Syrian and Russian airstrikes on cities and towns of Hama and Idlib countryside

A commander of the Civil Defense of the Syrian opposition said: “At least five people were killed and more than 30 wounded in Syrian Army helicopters dropping 11 barrel bombs and three naval mines on the city of Mork in the northern countryside of Hama.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had risen to three, including a child, who were killed by rocket-propelled grenades fired by factions on the villages of al-Jaid and Ain Salmo, which are under the control of regime forces in the northern countryside of Hama.

Al-Arab: Erdogan enters into a game of statements about the East Euphrates

For its part, Al-Arab newspaper touched on Turkish threats to launch an attack on north and east of Syria and said, "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed, his threat of attack “very soon“ against Kurdish fighters in Syria, despite Washington's efforts to prevent this, it declared for the first time that any military action targeting its Kurdish allies would be unacceptable and would prevent it.

Observers say that the area in northern Syria is open to all possibilities, where Ankara is serious in intervening and imposing a new equation, Erdogan has already said he does not need permission from anyone, referring to the United States.

Observers believe that the United States cannot abandon the Kurds as the backbone of its strategy in Syria, either in terms of fighting terrorism or providing cover for its presence and its Western allies in the region, which is a pivotal point in the context of the conflict with Iranian intentions.

On the other hand, Washington is interested in dispelling the concerns of its NATO ally Turkey, as it does not want additional tension in the relationship with it, especially now that it is preoccupied with the conflict with Iran.

New meetings have been held in Ankara since Monday. US officials renewed the offer of a 5-km-buffer zone, which Turkey rejects and the Kurds agree.

In statement of the Kurdish official in AA Eldar Khalil says his administration has shown "flexibility" in agreeing that the area should be "within five kilometers, but Turkey rejects this proposal" because "it wants to control the region alone."

Al-Bayan: Washington vows to prevent a Turkish invasion east of the Euphrates

As for the statement of US Defense Secretary focused on the region and said "Washington has pledged to prevent a Turkish invasion threatened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan into the SDF areas east of the Euphrates in Syria and immediately sent substantial support to the SDF, represented by a convoy of 200 trucks loaded with logistical assistance and military vehicles."

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Washington would prevent any Turkish invasion of the eastern Euphrates region, saying any Turkish operation would be "unacceptable." "We consider any unilateral action on their part to be unacceptable," Esper told reporters accompanying him on a visit to Japan.

"What we will do is prevent any unilateral incursion that would affect the common interests of the United States, Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces east of the Euphrates." He said Washington hoped to reach an agreement with Ankara on the eastern Euphrates operation.



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