Washington, Ankara talks on Syria towards a deadlocked

The United States is preparing to increase the number of its soldiers in Syria in case its talks with Turkey on the north and east of Syria failed which reached an almost deadlock, as Washington decided to continue working with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).


On Tuesday, the Arab newspapers touched upon the Turkish-American disagreement about Syria and Damascus last meeting.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: America may increase its troops in Syria if there was no progress in talks with Ankara

In this context, al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that the United States could increase the number of its troops that it intends to keep in Syria if there was no progress in talks with Syria about the buffer zone.

The newspaper said, "The talk of these sources came after a statement issued by the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford to deny a piece of news published by the newspaper "The Wall Street Journal" about keeping 1000 American soldiers in Syria instead of 400. The sources said that Dunford's statement came to cover the President Donald Trump who had confirmed to keep 400 American soldiers in northeastern Syria and al-Tanf base."

The sources added to the newspaper, "The data gathered after the talks with the Turks that reached a near-deadlock necessitated taking the decision to increase the number of soldiers, and that came also under pressure from the allied countries that demanded to increase the number so that it can also announce the maintenance of sufficient forces in Syria beside the Syrian Democratic Forces which are currently fighting to expel IS from its last pocket in al-Baguz east of Syria."

According to these sources, France and Britain have stipulated to increase the number of American forces, especially that Turkey, which insists on taking over the security of the proposed buffer zone in northern Syria, is still planning to carry out an attack on the Kurdish forces, and it has doubled its coordination with Iran and Iraq against the Kurds.


Al-Arab: Tripartite meeting of the Chiefs of Staff of Tehran-Mediterranean road

Al-Arab newspaper said, "The meeting of the chiefs of staff of the army in Syria, Iran and Iraq which was held on Monday in the Syrian capital Damascus sends a series of messages and references to the parties involved in the Syrian file, especially Russia and the United States. The most prominent of these messages is that Iran controls the decision of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and that its project to establish a road from Tehran to Beirut through Baghdad and Damascus promoted to an open military alliance."

The newspaper made clear, "Although that the meeting carries a security, military impression related to IS; however, experts in the Middle East affairs report that the tripartite military action is required to examine the reactions of countries involved in the affairs of the region, particularly the United States, Russia, Israel and Turkey, and that this coordinating meeting can only be understood as the first pillar of an independent and hostile axis for the rest of the rest of the regional and international circles."

The newspaper added, "The content of the meeting sends a clear Iranian signal against Russia that the decision of Damascus and Baghdad is at Tehran's hands and that any Russian attempt to weaken Iran's influence in Syria requires taking into account the alliance's strategy with Iraq and the Syrian regime."

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