The US Secretary of State travels to Turkey to discuss the situation in Syria and the fight against ISIS.
The United States on Thursday offered the latest test that the Syrian President, Bachar el Asad, can be free from the crimes committed by his regime during the civil war that ravaged his country for over six years and which began as a result of Manifestations that demanded the end of his Government. «I think that the long-term status of President El Asad will be decided by the people of Syria,» US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a news conference in Ankara in one of his few appearances before the media since Who was appointed to the post. His statements, made alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavusoglu, are the realization that the Syrian regime has won the war on the ground – controls the main roads and cities of the country – and that the rebels barely have power except In some resistance bags and only thanks to the external support. Both Washington and Ankara, once determined to overthrow El Asad, seem to have reluctantly accepted the continuity of El Asad, or, if Russia consents, a continuation of the regime with slight modifications: a asadism without El Asad.
But Tillerson’s trip to Turkey was aimed at other issues related to the Syrian war: the struggle against the Islamic State (ISIS) and how to snatch the de facto capital of his Caliphate, Raqa. Ankara wanted to participate in this offensive but, as in the campaign of Mosul due to the tension that maintains with Bagdad, in this case also seems to have been left out. Syrian regime forces, with Russian support, and Kurdish militias have blocked the way for the Turks in Syria, who have been forced to terminate their Operation Shield of the Euphrates. At their meeting on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan berated Tillerson for US support of the Kurdish militias and demanded that he end it – as they are closely related to the Kurdish armed group PKK, which operates in Turkey and what Washington considers a terrorist. However, the White House believes that the Popular Protection Units (PKP) and the PKK are two separate organizations and it does not seem plausible that they stop supporting the Kurdish-Syrian militias since they are being courted by the Russians too and letting them escape would mean For the United States the end of all possibility of influence in Syria. However, the Secretary of State undertook to evaluate Turkey’s «alternatives» and proposals for the takeover of Raqa and ensured that both countries will continue to cooperate in the fight against ISIS. «There is no fissure between Turkey and the US about our commitment to defeat ISIS,» Tillerson explained. One of the issues dealt with by the Turkish authorities at their meetings was the establishment of «interim stability zones», although during the press conference it did not give details on specific details of the project beyond «ensuring Areas liberated from the ISIS so that people who have had to flee Syria can return there. «