Russia takes over from the United States in northern Syria

JAVIER ESPINOSA Special Envoy Dohuk (Iraq)
Tuesday,
fifteen
October
2019

17:17

The symbolic gesture developed in Manbij confirms the eclipse of Washington’s influence in the Middle East <img src = “https://e00-elmundo.uecdn.es/assets/multimedia/imagenes/2019/10/15 /15711525302588.jpg “class =” ue-c-article__media – image “alt =” People stand near vehicles in the city of Manbij “/>
Several citizens remain near their vehicles in Manbij, Syria.
REUTERS

The video that a Russian reporter has released summarizes the change of gida that the Middle East is attending in these days. It showed the facilities of the base that controlled until a few hours before the United States Army in the vicinity of the town of Manbij, now occupied by Russian uniforms. “I am now at the American base. Let’s see how they live,” the Russian informant is heard saying. The presence of Russian forces in Manbij has been confirmed hours later by the Moscow Ministry of Defense, which has said that “military policies” of their country has interposed between the units loyal to Turkey and those sent to that enclave by the Syrian army. “We are voluntarily withdrawing from northeastern Syria. We have already left Manbij,” said an American officer. cited by Reuters.The same Russian ministry said that it is Bashar Asad’s soldiers who dominate the strategic locality, where hours ago several skirmishes had occurred between the Kurdish militias now supported by their new allies and the Syrian paramilitaries fighting at the orders of Ankara. Mosc has made it clear as he assumes the new role of physical power on the ground and his special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, was conclusive in saying that they will not “allow” any kind of confrontation between Ankara and the Arab nation. “We are not going to let that happen,” said the Russian representative to clarify the meaning of his words. Both Russian and Turkish authorities acknowledge that they are maintaining contacts to try to reach an arrangement that avoids the risks posed by a military clash. between Turkey and Syria, although Moscow does not hide on which side its support will be tilted in case the crisis worsens. “The security of the entire Syrian-Turkish border has to be ensured by the deployment of Syrian government troops,” Lavrentiev added after qualifying the Turkish invasion as “unacceptable.” Despite President Recep Tayyip’s claims. Erdogan, the majority of analysts agree that Ankara cannot embark on an open conflict with Moscow, whose military superiority is unquestionable. On another of the Blind front, the Syrian Democratic Forces militants have recovered the control of most of the town of Rais el Ain, which limits the advance of Ankara to smaller villages and the city of Tel Abyad, despite the fact that Erdogan himself specified on Monday that his objective it was to occupy a wide swath of Syrian territory that should extend from the border with Iraq to the areas that already dominate its allies in the east.The Kurdish media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have explained that and the insurgents have managed to resist the rush of the Turkish army thanks to an extensive network of tunnels, following the same military tactics that the Hizbul Libyan group popularized in their struggle against the uniformed Israel. The collateral effects of the conflict. they are already beginning to be visible in the Iraqi Kurdistn, where arrived in the last two days about 400 refugees. This last Kurdish Autonomous Region already hosts more than 200,000 escaped from the neighboring country. “We are preparing for the worst case scenario,” admitted the religious Emanuel Youkhana, head of the Christian Aid NGO for Northern Iraq. The flow of refugees may multiply in the next few days, as the displaced people installed inside Syria they have been left almost without any assistance before the evacuation of the vast majority of the NGOs that acted in that area. “The humanitarian crisis was intensified by the cut of humanitarian aid all international organizations have suspended their jobs and retired their employees,” said a statement released by the Kurdish administration.Segn Youkhana, a well-known representative of the Assyrian Christian minority of the Kurdistn region – with notable contacts between her co-religionists in northeastern Syria – the war in that country has reached a point “in which one cannot think that there is a faction or a good side. Here it is a matter of choosing between the least bad. “” The problem is that Erdogan says that his troops are the ‘Mohamed army’, which is governed by an Islamic agenda, and that generates more fear among Kurds and Christians than the forces of the Syrian regime, “he clarified.

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