It’s beginning to look increasingly bleak for the US-Wahabbi proxy war in Syria.
Following the botched coup in Turkey and Ankara’s insistence Fethullah Gülen and his CIA buddies had something to do with it, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced his government will lighten up on Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
US support for the Kurds—and Special Forces operating with them in northern Syria—also may have played a role in sealing the deal.
“There may be talks (with Assad) for the transition. A transition may be facilitated. But we believe that there should be no (Kurdish rebels), Daesh or Assad in Syria’s future,” Yildirim said, according to Sputnik News.
— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) August 21, 2016
That’s somewhat of a sea change from Turkey’s previous take on al-Assad.
Previously, the Turks insisted there would be no attempt on its part to end the “civl war” if al-Assad didn’t step down. “The longer Assad is there, there will be more chaos … all countries must know Assad is not serving their interests,” declared the Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu in December.
Davutoglu’s remark was in response to a “peace plan” outlined by Secretary of State John Kerry. He suggested installing a transitional government within six months and holding elections within a year and a half.
In May Kerry threatened Syria and said if it did not accept the transition it would “risk the consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the 5-year-old civil war,” reported the Military Times.
Despite Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad expelling Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan in 1999 resulting in the thawing of a chilly relationship between the two countries, following the Arab Spring color revolutions and the CIA’s Deraa operation to kickstart a proxy war to unseat al-Assad, Turkey began working in tandem with Saudi Arabia and Qatar to arm the “rebels.” Turkey further exacerbated the problem by carving out an enclave surrounding the Tomb of Suleyman Shah on the bank of the Euphrates in Aleppo Province.
Earlier this week Russia and Iran agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and “exchange capacities and potentialities,” according to Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
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Shamkhani made the remark after Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 frontline bombers began operating from an airbase in the western Iranian city of Hamedan. The Russians are targeting the Islamic State and other US-Wahhabi proxy forces in Syria. Russia began targeting terrorists in Syria in September.
Turkey and Russia have put aside their differences. Earlier this month Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held meetings. Last November, Turkey had shot down a Russian warplane on the border between Syria and Turkey.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that although rapprochement is underway between the two countries, differences “cannot be solved in a single day because [there] are significant disagreements, substantial issues.”
The US-Wahhabi proxy war suffered an additional setback when Ankara said it would not oppose Russia using its Incirlik airbase for anti-terror missions in Syria.
“Turkey opened Incirlik airbase to fight Daesh [Islamic State] terrorists. It is being used by the US and Qatar. Other nations might also wish to use the airbase, which the Germans are also now using,” Binali Yildirim announced on Saturday.
Incirlik hosts the US Air Force’s 39th Air Base Wing and NATO assets.
Following the attempted coup and Erdogan’s crackdown Secretary of State Kerry said NATO might eject Turkey from the alliance.