The U.S. representative in Syria warned the Syrian Democratic Forces against any act of provocation against Ankara.
In an interview with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars located in Washington, D.C., U.S. Special Envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, called on the SDF to refrain from four actions, failing which they will suffer heavy losses.
There are four measures, said James Jeffrey, which the FDS must respect if it is to survive: not to prevent the arrival of tankers carrying oil to Damascus; not to hold a referendum as the Kurds did in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2017; to avoid developing relations with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK); and never to attack Turkish territory from northeastern Syria.
The American envoy to Syria, whose mission will end at the end of December, called on the FDS, on the one hand, to refrain from any provocative acts against Turkey and, on the other hand, to maintain relations with the Syrian or Russian governments without surrendering.
However, the call for restraint vis-à-vis Ankara made to the FDS coincided with the resumption of artillery attacks by the Turkish army and its terrorist allies against the city of Ain Issa in the province of Raqqa in northern Syria.
Located two kilometers from Ain Issa and close to the international road M-4, the villages of al-Mushairafa and Jahbal have just been bombed in the afternoon of Thursday, December 24, confirmed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The forces affiliated to Turkey used heavy weapons during the attacks, inciting the inhabitants of the region to demonstrate, the OSDH added.
Also reporting on the clashes last night between Ankara-backed terrorists and the FDS, the OSDH said that the Russian army sent 22 trucks of arms and logistical equipment this morning to the military base it owns in Ain Issa.
In recent years, the U.S. administration has been the main supporter of the FDS, having established bases to ensure its military presence in the areas controlled by the group composed of Syrian Kurds.
It has pledged its support to the FDS, without ever coming to their rescue in conflicts with forces affiliated with Turkey, which currently threatens to occupy Ain Issa if the FDS does not withdraw.
Israel: Baku will cut the moorings?
Who would have thought that for his first trip after being called upon to participate in the reconstruction of the ruins of the war, the Azerbaijani vice PM would choose to go to Iran when all these 44 days of conflict unleashed at the instigation of the US/NATO axis in the South Caucasus had no other objective than to place Baku face to face with Tehran, an objective which the speech of the Turkish President delivered during the victory parade in Baku largely bore his signature.
But nearly two months after the end of the conflict, things seem to be moving in a completely opposite direction: Turkey is still praying to Moscow to include it in its military patrols in Nagorno-Karabakh. As for Israel, which pumps 40 percent of its oil needs from Azerbaijan, anxiety is competing with mistrust.
To the point of inventing bedtime stories: while the Israel/Turkey axis has never ceased to collaborate together whether in Syria, Africa or the Mediterranean, the Times of Israel claims Azerbaijani mediation for a resumption of Tel Aviv-Ankara ties!
Citing Israeli sources, Axios writes: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is said to have addressed Israeli-Turkish relations in a recent call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Erdogan had given a positive response to the idea of improving relations. But there is no need to go that far. The Turkish president’s top adviser recently expressed Erdogan’s dearest wish to see the Turkish embassy open in Tel Aviv.
So why such verbal contortions and why above all evoke a supposed Azerbaijani mediation in this affair?
Some observers see in it the echo of a fear of a return of the Republic of Azerbaijan to its sources, especially since after the war, neither the US nor NATO have the wind in their sails in Baku.
In a meeting in Tehran with Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev said that the Republic of Azerbaijan attached particular importance to expanding relations with Iran. He also stressed the importance of implementation of joint Iran/Azerbaijan economic projects, including in the energy sector. A sector that is far too expensive for the Tel-Aviv/Ankara axis.
Referring to the Azerbaijani government’s plans to implement major development and reconstruction projects in the liberated region of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, Mustafayev said that the liberation of the border areas of Nagorno-Karabakh had created a good opportunity for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two neighboring countries.
The Iranian Energy Minister also stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran was preparing to contribute to the reconstruction and start the construction of a power plant to supply the liberated areas.
But there was also the issue of oil. The Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Parviz Shahbazov, who accompanied the Deputy Prime Minister on the visit to Tehran, met with the Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zanganeh. During the visit, the two sides discussed the implementation of joint projects, and the main issues discussed were the connection of the electricity networks of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran, electricity trade between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Iran, the … In short, very bad news for the USA/Israel/NATO axis.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – TN