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United States and Turkey Participating in Talks to Avoid Turkish Invasion of Syria

By: James Dartt

· Global Affairs

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has recently threatened an imminent attack in the Northeast of Syria, controlled by the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ever since this threat, American and Turkish military officials have been meeting in Ankara, Turkey’s Capital, in an effort to negotiate an agreement to avoid invasion. American officials have made it known that an invasion into Northeastern Syria is extremely risky, as it could threaten the safety of the American troops working with the SDF. It could also hinder the continuous defeat of Islamic Militant groups in the region. Hundreds of American soldiers are stationed to the east of the Euphrates River working with the SDF, and if a Turkish invasion is to take place, those troops will likely put them in crossfire between the Turkish and Kurdish forces.

According to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, he believes that the American and Turkish military officials have made progress on some of the key issues in this dispute. "What we're going to do is prevent unilateral incursions that would upset, again, these mutual interests that the United States, Turkey and the SDF share with regard to northern Syria," Esper expressed to reporters currently traveling with him to Japan. He said the United States is trying to work out an agreement that will address Turkey's concerns, adding that he’s “...hopeful [they’ll] get there." No details have been provided as to where exactly progress is being made. Esper has also added the U.S. will not abandon their SDF allies. America and Turkey have been negotiating over the establishment of a “Safe Zone” for months, which would extend from the east of the Euphrates to the Iraqi border. With time running out and lives at stake, pressure continues to amount for both sides to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has recently threatened an imminent attack in the Northeast of Syria, controlled by the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ever since this threat, American and Turkish military officials have been meeting in Ankara, Turkey’s Capital, in an effort to negotiate an agreement to avoid invasion. American officials have made it known that an invasion into Northeastern Syria is extremely risky, as it could threaten the safety of the American troops working with the SDF. It could also hinder the continuous defeat of Islamic Militant groups in the region. Hundreds of American soldiers are stationed to the east of the Euphrates River working with the SDF, and if a Turkish invasion is to take place, those troops will likely put them in crossfire between the Turkish and Kurdish forces.

According to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, he believes that the American and Turkish military officials have made progress on some of the key issues in this dispute. "What we're going to do is prevent unilateral incursions that would upset, again, these mutual interests that the United States, Turkey and the SDF share with regard to northern Syria," Esper expressed to reporters currently traveling with him to Japan. He said the United States is trying to work out an agreement that will address Turkey's concerns, adding that he’s “...hopeful [they’ll] get there." No details have been provided as to where exactly progress is being made. Esper has also added the U.S. will not abandon their SDF allies. America and Turkey have been negotiating over the establishment of a “Safe Zone” for months, which would extend from the east of the Euphrates to the Iraqi border. With time running out and lives at stake, pressure continues to amount for both sides to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

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