Assad's military forces have come to Afrin to help the Kurds against the Turks
Assad's military forces have come to Afrin to help the Kurds against the Turks, In northern Syria, Turkey is trying to limit the power of the Kurds, its enemies, who have now found a new precious ally

The military forces allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived yesterday in Afrin, a northern Kurdish city controlled by the Kurds but the goal of the new Syrian military campaign in Turkey, which began a month ago. Their aim is to prevent the Turkish forces and their allies, adversaries of the Assad regime, from conquering Afrin. For this reason - therefore to damage the Turkish ambitions in Syria - an unusual agreement was found between the Syrian government and the Kurdish militias, supported by Iran and Russia (the two main allies of Assad). It is not known what will happen now, but the involvement of the allied forces of Assad in the north of Syria could bring new tension and complicate matters.

Turkey's goal in Syria is to weaken the Syrian Kurds, who control a significant piece of northern Syrian territory and are allied with the United States. The Turkish government would like to create a sort of "buffer zone" beyond its southern border, to avoid having just outside its border a Kurdish state with deep ties to the PKK, Turkish Kurdish party considered terrorist by Turkey (the long version of history is here).
Assad's military forces have come to Afrin to help the Kurds against the Turks

Turkey had begun its military operation in Syria a month ago, trying to reach Afrin with the help of the Syrian Free Army, a coalition of Syrian rebels whose fighters in the past were trained by the CIA to fight the Assad regime. So far, however, the Turkish operation has had modest results: in a month of fighting, wrote Carlotta Gall in the New York Times, the Turks and their allies have failed to reach the main cities of the area, despite having conquered several smaller villages along the border with Turkey. The Turkish expectations were probably greater, partly because the government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had managed to obtain a kind of consensus-assent from Russia to enter the Syrian space and bomb the Kurds (it is Russia that controls the airspace of Syria) .

The situation is also tense in another city controlled by the Kurds and targeted by Turkey: Manbij, where, however, the United States has its base of operations and collaborates directly with the Kurdish militias in the war against the Islamic State. Turkey would like the Kurdish militia to leave Manbij and have repeatedly threatened military intervention if its demands are not met.

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