The recent introduction of the Turkish Lira in towns of northern Syrian constitutes the final step in an assimilation policy enforced by Ankara in the region, journalist and Middle East expert Bereket Kar said. Reports have shown that cash and coins were brought in through the Turkish postal service (PTT).
NATO has put a defense plan for Poland and Baltic states into action after Turkey dropped its objections, officials from Lithuania, Poland and France have said. NATO declined to comment directly, saying that it "has plans in place to protect all allies. Those plans are regularly revised and updated."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used U.S. President Donald Trump's inexperience in foreign policy to obtain Turkish interests, U.S. sources told CNN. Senior officials in Trump's administration reportedly said that the most drastic example of this phenomenon was the U.S. president's decision to move troops out of northern Syria, exposing their allies in the fight against ISIS - the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Human Rights Watch slams Turkey for ‘failing to supply water’ to northern Syria amid coronavirus pandemic
Human Rights Watch on March 31 said Turkish authorities’ failure to ensure adequate water supplies to Kurdish-held areas in Syria's northeast is compromising humanitarian agencies’ ability to prepare and protect vulnerable communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkish authorities have interrupted water pumping several times since the start of the year, with the latest interruption on March 29, it cited aid organizations as saying.
Kurds are the key to a solution in the Middle East, namely Syria, said founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan on March 4 in what was the first meeting he's had with his brother in eight months. "There's a two-legged table in Turkey. You have to be the other leg, the table won't tip over if it has three legs," Öcalan reportedly told his brother.
Radar tracks showed that Syrian and Russian forces were flying in formation during the attack that killed at least 36 Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib province on Feb. 27, Permanent Representative of Turkey Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu said on Friday. "Turkish forces were alone in that area. The logical conclusion of that is that they were deliberately targeted," he said, disputing the Russian narrative.
Brett McGurk, former special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, told Rudaw that the U.S. should not abandon the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Praising the group's role in fighting ISIS, McGurk said that the world needs to know the SDF's efforts in keeping jihadist prisoners in camps in al-Hol and other parts of northern Syria.