Washington is fully aware of what’s happening in Syria. It has a special envoy for Syria who constantly meets with the Syrian opposition and a former ambassador to the country who is displeased with the way the US administration has dealt with the Syrian crisis from the very beginning. The former ambassador continues to offer advice to his government that is not taken into consideration. He is said to have even participated for years in two operation command centers directed by three entities: the State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon.
Located in Amman and the South of Turkey, the command centers reportedly collect information that determines the prevalence of different armed groups fighting in Syria, and their movement between cities, villages and regions. They also record the rise and fall of the influence of these groups and track weapon supplies, sources and distribution. Even the demographic changes as a result of the on-going conflict are recorded.
After taking the advice of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar and after dealing with the different rebel forces, Washington seems to have turned its back on its allies. It appears to have ignored the interests of its regional allies and of the Sunnis. It doesn't seem to care about the majority of Syrian revolutionists and has instead opted for the Kurds to ensure the liberation of al-Raqqah from ISIS. It has sent around 300 US troops to support Kurds fighters.
These troops reportedly proudly lead with yellow ribbons on their arms representing the Democratic Union party linked to the PKK, once classified as a terrorist group by Turkey and the US. This has triggered Turkey’s ire. Washington is said to have clarified that it has engaged with the group for the sake of al-Raqqah alongside a group of Arab tribal fighters.
All this must be causing apprehension to Saudi Arabia. It may have also added to its growing concern over the “neo-Americans”, even if their justification was accepted for fighting in Fallujah along with the Iranian revolutionary guards lead by major general Qassem Suleimani.
These troops belonging to “al-Hashd el-Shaabi” and the Iraqi army are closely linked in a way thus making the fight against ISIS impossible without them. Even if we accept such a hypothesis, Washington is not compelled to choose Kurd separatists as partners in the war in Syria against ISIS. In fact, it has three better alternatives.
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