Skip to comments.Syria war: France offers to mediate between Turkey and Kurds
Posted on 03/29/2018 9:28:10 PM PDT by GoldenState_Rose
France has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria, where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January.
Ankara is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
President Emmanuel Macron met members of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, including the YPG.
Mr Macron expressed hopes for dialogue between Turkey and the militia. His office said he had "paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role" of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.
France has suffered a series of deadly terror attacks claimed by IS in recent years, including the Paris attacks which killed 130 people in 2015.
Just a week ago, an IS sympathiser killed three people in a rampage in southern France, including a police officer who died after swapping places with a hostage.
Why does France back the SDF?
The SDF is a key US ally in the fight against IS and the Kurdish YPG forms a core part of it.
France and the US have given the militia weapons and training to support its battle against IS.
The president said France would support the "stabilisation" of the security zone in north-east Syria to stop IS regaining strength.
Kurdish officials said Mr Macron had committed himself to sending more troops to the area but Paris declined to comment on that.
Earlier this month Turkey ousted Kurdish fighters from the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin. Activists said 280 civilians had been killed, although this was denied by Ankara.
As many as a quarter of a million civilians are said to have fled the city.
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Yes... The same way France “mediated” between french jewery and the third reich.
Trump speaks of ‘getting out of Syria soon’.
I’ll believe it when I see it but Macron has been friendly having DJT over for a Bastille Day visit last summer.
Perhaps the globalist corporatist Macron is sticking his nose in because Trump is unable to.
Its become obvious to me that Al-Qaeda is the tip of the spear against Assad and notions of a “humanitarian crisis” caused by Assad are nothing more than jihadist propaganda.
ASLO THERE IS AN ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT I READ ON ISRAEL’S YNET TICKER OF A BOMB GOING OFF IN A KURDISH TOWN MANBIJ AT MIDNIGHT LOCAL TIME THURSDAY-5 PM IN THE EASTERN USA.
THIS IS A BORDER TOWN WITH TURKEY AND ‘COALITION FORCES’ WERE INVOLVED ACCORDING TO A US MILITARY OFFICIAL BUT HE HAD NO MORE DETAILS.
US CASUALTIES IN THE KURDISH REGION FROM A BOMB? WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE BUT WAS THE PRESIDENT TOLD ANYTHING AS HE SPOKE LAST EVENING ABOUT GETTING OUT OF SYRIA.
Macron offers to send French troops to Manjib very soon.
Trump saying we will be leaving Syria very soon.
Sending in the JV team
Because they did so well in Algeria.
Anyone who thinks these ongoing ethnic conflicts can be resolved by just ‘talking things out’ doesn’t have a realistic grasp of what’s going on.
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