Turkey-US co­op­er­a­tion key for the sta­bi­liza­tion of Syria

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Opinion -

co­or­di­nate these moves with Turkey. Re­cent at­tempts to per­suade the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion to work with Turkey east of the Euphrates for­gets that Turkey and the U.S. have been work­ing to­gether in the war against terror for more than 15 years now.

Even when Turkey was dis­ap­pointed and frus­trated with the U.S. in­sen­si­tiv­ity for Turkey’s na­tional se­cu­rity con­cerns, Ankara never back­tracked from these prin­ci­ples of work­ing to­gether against terror. It was Turkey that Daesh tar­geted in the midst of counter-Daesh op­er­a­tions in Syria to dis­cour­age Turkey to help the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion. In­stead, Turkey launched mas­sive of­fen­sives in Daesh-held ter­ri­to­ries. Turkey also was the first coun­try to use its ground forces against Daesh in Syria.

Thus, Turkey has the most sea­soned coun­tert­er­ror­ism forces in its mil­i­tary and can han­dle se­cu­rity crises in the re­gion with the help of lo­cal el­e­ments and with the co­or­di­na­tion of the U.S. Pres­i­dent Er­doğan, in his op-ed for The New York Times, re­it­er­ated es­tab­lish­ing a sta­bi­liza­tion force in Syria to fight against dif­fer­ent ter­ror­ist groups. It is im­por­tant for the U.S. to launch a process of co­or­di­na­tion for the with­drawal process. As stated by both lead­ers, co­or­di­na­tion is key for the suc­cess of these op­er­a­tions and the sta­bi­liza­tion and later re­con­struc­tion of Syria.

Chil­dren gather out­side their makeshift shel­ters fol­low­ing tor­ren­tial rain that af­fected a camp for dis­placed peo­ple near the town of Atme, close to the Turk­ish bor­der, in Syria’s mostly op­po­si­tion-held north­ern Idlib prov­ince, Jan. 10.

Kılıç Buğra Kanat

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