L’Assemblée des turkmènes syriens (▻https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Turkmen_Assembly) s’est réunie à Gaziantep (Turquie) pour décider que les différents groupes de combattants turkmènes qui opèrent sous la bannière de l’ASL, en étroite coordination avec les militaires turcs, soient unifiés au sein d’un commandement militaire unique visant à combattre et refouler les kurdes du YPG (beaucoup) et éventuellement Da3ich (un peu, si les Turcs s’entendent avec les Américains) :
Syrian Turkmen military and political officials, who are close to Turkey, have been moving to form a unified army in northern Syria capable of confronting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror group.
“Turkmen fighting groups in Syria have taken the decision to offer greater support to each other and work to create a Turkmen army if conditions permit,” Syrian Turkmen Assembly chief Abdel Rahman Mustafa told Turkish Anadolu news on Monday.
The Turkmen official’s comments came as the Syrian Turkmen Assembly held a meeting in southern Turkey’s Gaziantep that brought together Turkmen representatives from Aleppo, Tal Abyad, Jarabulus, Latakia, Idlib, Raqqa and the Golan.
Alaraby Aljadeed reported that the Turkmen military and civilian officials in the meeting decided to form a military council which reports to the Syrian Turkmen Assembly, a pro-opposition group with ties to the Turkish government.
The decision to form the council comes after calls emerged from Turkmen military formations to fight both ISIS and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party that controls the YPG, the London-based daily added.
Syrian Turkmen have already armed themselves in a series of brigades throughout Syria that are loosely affiliated with each other and count on about 10,000 armed men in total, with the largest fighting units operating in the Aleppo province.
Turkey’s security institutions maintain close links with the Turkmen units in Syria, providing special forces training to the brigades, which are affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and have taken part in operations in Aleppo, Idlib and outside Latakia.
Erdogan tente-t-il une voie médiane pour peser sur les évènements au Nord et éviter un contrôle par la milice kurde des routes d’approvisionnement de Da3ich et des rebelles d’Ansar al-Chariah (al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Cham et les débris de l’ASL) sans avoir à recourir à une intervention militaire directe qui rencontre l’hostilité de certains militaires turcs et des States ?
Toujours est-il que deux envoyés militaires américains ont rencontré aujourd’hui des officiels turcs pour discuter de la Syrie selon l’AFP :
The US special envoy for the coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group was in Ankara on Tuesday to meet Turkish officials, after speculation Turkey could launch a military intervention inside Syria, sources told AFP.
“General John Allen will hold talks in Ankara today,” a Turkish official told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that the talks were “naturally” expected to focus on the fight against IS.
Accompanied by US Undersecretary of Defence for Policy Christine Wormuth and military officials, Allen is expected to meet with Feridun Sinirlioglu, the Turkish undersecretary of the foreign ministry as well as military chiefs, the source said.
Turkey has reinforced its military presence on the volatile border over the past week, deploying tanks and anti-aircraft missiles there as well as additional troops.
The moves come as fighting between Islamist-led groups an
d Syrian regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo has intensified.