This week, the Arab newspapers discussed the American moves regarding the Syrian file and the battles of the Syrian Democratic Forces against IS mercenaries, and other topics of interest to the region.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Bolton presents a new strategy about Syria in Moscow
The Arab press published this week several topics about the Syrian issue, the most important was about the American and Russian moves. In this context, al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "During the visit to Moscow, the US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, presents the features of his country's strategy in dealing with the Syrian file in conjunction with the American delegation's tour to Syria James Jeffrey in the area."
Al-Hayat: «SDF» stormed the stronghold of «ISIS» in Deir ez-Zor
Al-Hayat newspaper reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) broke into one of the strongholds of ISIS organization in Deir ez-Zor, east of the Euphrates River, and strong clashes had been erupted between the two parties amid heavy bombardment of the International Alliance led by Washington. This has coincided with the visit of a delegation from the US army the areas controlled by «SDF» east of Syria to support the ongoing battles against the organization.
Al-Hayat: Ankara demands more time for the withdrawal of "terrorists" from Idlib
In the context of the situation in Idlib, newspapers discussed the status of the Russian-Turkish agreement. In this context, Al-Hayat also reported that amid the continued violations between the forces of the Syrian regime and the armed opposition factions in the demilitarized zone of Idlib and its environs (north-west of Syria), Turkey has approved the incomplete of the withdrawal of the classified organization as "terrorist" from that area as stipulated by the Russian-Turkish agreement, and it requested more time."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Preparations for the Istanbul Quartet Summit began ... and a new round of Astana meetings
On another Syrian issue, Istanbul had hosted on Saturday a Turkish-Russian-French-German summit on Syria, focusing mainly on the demilitarized zone agreement in Idlib and the political process in Syria. And the next round of Astana talks may take place in late November or early December.
Al-Arab: the convergence of interests between Erdogan and Assad east of the Euphrates
"The east of the Euphrates River has become the focus of the parties of the conflict in Syria, including Turkey which considers that the Kurds' control of the nearby region constitutes a threat to its national security, and that this threat must be eliminated, with its awareness that it could bring it into confrontation with the US which cannot really withstand there.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Western pressure to form a constitution committee within two weeks
As for the composition of the constitutional committee, al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, "The Western countries has urged the international envoy to Syria, Stephan de Mistura, during a meeting of the Security Council in New York on Friday, to convene a meeting of the Constitutional Committee in the next two weeks after de Mistura has informed the Security Council that the Syrian regime rejected to form a Constitutional Committee."
Al-Arab: Turkey's nationalists end their alliance with Justice and Development
On the Turkish issue, al-Arab newspaper reported that the Turkish Nationalist Party’s leader Dawlat Bahjli announced that his party has no longer looked forward to ally with the ruling Justice and Development Party over the upcoming local elections. In an expected move due to the great difference between the parties and the differences that surfaced immediately after the arrangement of the post-election papers and pass the constitutional amendments that Erdogan has imposed with absolute powers, and leaving the split will have a negative impact on the ability of the Justice and Development Party to show flexibility in dealing with the bills and pass Erdogan's desire in parliament in 290 seats, Justice and Development does not has enough seats in parliament (600 seats) to obtain an absolute majority. "