Source: Asia Times:
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggested last weekend that the country’s ongoing operation to cut out a swash of Kurdish-dominated Syrian territory could stop short of the northeast, in contrast to recent proclamations.
Those remarks, along with Ankara’s immediate public support for US-led airstrikes on targets linked to the Russia-backed Bashar al-Assad regime, point to a rapprochement of sorts with Washington, according to Cahit Armagan Dilek, head of the Ankara-based 21 st Century Turkey Institute.
Turkey has already announced “full control” over previously Kurdish-held land in the northwest, and top Turkish officials have been threatening that the campaign would continue into the northeast. That would see Turkish-backed forces confront US military assets that are stationed in support of forces opposed to the al-Assad regime, including the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). But Erdogan’s comments indicate a reversal.
“All signs indicate that Ankara will again pursue policies that are in line with the United States in Syria,” Hasan Koni, a professor of international law at Istanbul Kultur University was paraphrased by Xinhua as saying.