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Analyzing Turkey’s military attack on North Syria
The Fact, Se2 Ep27
Analyzing Turkey’s military attack on North Syria
The 27th episode of The Fact series has analyzed the aspects and consequences of Turkey’s military attack on Syrian Kurds in the presence of analysts from UK, Syria and Czech Republic.
MWFpress - The 27th episode of The Fact series has analyzed the aspects and consequences of Turkey’s military attack on Syrian Kurds in the presence of analysts from UK, Syria and Czech Republic.



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Guests:
RevdDr. Andrew Ashdown
An academic and regular visitor to the Middle East
UK




Patrick Henningsen
Political Analyst and Commentator
England




Iyad Khuder
Syrian Former journalist
Czech Republic



Questions asked at the conference:

1- what are the goals of Turkey in attacking #Syria this time?
2-why did #USA stop supporting Syrian #kurds?
3- where will the cooperations between syrian kurds and Central government lead and do you think it ll be effective eventually in stabilization of #Syria?
4- do you think such moves by #Turkey would cause a global consensus against this country?
5- what is the duty or role of #Iran in this crisis?
6- what is your prediction about this conflict between syrian kurds and Turkey?

Dr. Andrew Ashdown
An academic and regular visitor to the Middle East
UK

What are the goals of Turkey in attacking Syria this time?
I think first it's important to look at what's happening inside the Israeli. The primary role I think of what the Turkish are trying to do now in this attack which is attack against the Syrian state is to put a barrier between themselves and what they perceive to be Kurdish terrorists living and operating within Syria. Turkish point of view would be to attack the Kurdish groups which they perceive to be terrorists and entities a threat to Turkey. It does appear to a certain extent in their plans of putting a safe zone where they want to put a couple million refugees in that safe zone. These would be refugees who are sympathetic to Turkey and it would be a demographic change of that area as well so a buffer zone between Turkey and the area where the Kurds reside in Northeast Syria.

Where will the cooperation between Syrian Kurds and Central government lead and do you think it’ll be effective eventually in stabilization of Syria?
The fact that they have come to an agreement is positive. We wait to see how that actually works out in the medium to longer term and whether that can be sustained one hopes and I really hope that both the Syrian government and represents of the Kurdish communities can work out under the Syrian system, under the Syrian government and the system can operate throughout Northeast Syria and of course throughout Syria. So under the umbrella of the Syrian government that is the safest way for the Kurds and for the most secure way for the surface area as a whole. We really hope that that can happen so it's a positive move but it's going to be a difficult one given that there are Kurdish people who feel very differently.

Iyad Khuder
Syrian Former journalist
Czech Republic

What is the duty or role of Iran in this crisis?
I think Iran could be helpful in diplomatic efforts and in intermediating between Syria and Turkey because Iran is maintaining good relations with both sides with both countries.

What is your prediction about this conflict between Syrian Kurds and Turkey?
As Syrian people we all hope that in the new constitution, the Kurdish people will have their full rights like in terms of language.


Patrick Henningsen
Political Analyst and Commentator
England

Why did USA stop supporting Syrian kurds?
A shift in policy from Washington at least on the surface but I think it's important to take a broader view of recent events and put them in a broader context and when you do that you can see that it's very possible that Washington has temporarily abandoned the Syrian Kurdish factions or the Syrian democratic forces which aren't all Kurdish. The Kurdish factions in Syria have been useful to the United States. It’s given them an excuse to be able to occupy northeastern Syria even not physically occupying the whole territory that being able to occupy key parts of this region. Whether one of the important parts of this was to make sure that serious oil and gas fields will be continuously occupied previous to the SDF in the United States taking over that occupations essentially squatting Syria's natural resources. The broader long-range goal is to weaken Syria. You do this by breaking up Syria making sure that Syria is not united physically detaching parts of it in much the same way the United States did with Iraqi Kurdistan in the first and second Gulf War. So this is a repeat of the operation in Syria.

Do you think such moves by Turkey would cause a global consensus against this country?

I don't think the international press or political actors in the U.S. have any idea to that level maybe the intelligence services do; maybe the CIA understands this but they know the public will not get winded.

It’s worthy to mention that this video conference is held regularly with several international subjects inviting various activists and analysts from different countries.
(see the archive of The Fact web conferences)
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