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Pindo forces in Syria take on buffer role amid Turkey-Kurd tensions
Josh Wood, National (UAE), May 2 2017

BEIRUT – For Pindo troops in Syria, the mission was meant to be simple: support Faschingstein’s vassals on the ground in the fight against Daesh, stay in the background and avoid getting entangled in the country’s complicated civil war. But now, some Pindo forces are stationed far from the battle, flying their flags on Syria’s northern border with Turkey in an attempt to once again create a buffer between Pindostan’s two biggest supposed vassals in the fight against Daesh: Ankara and the Kurdish YPG. Faschingstein’s deployment to the border in recent days follows Turkish airstrikes against YPG positions in Syria on Tuesday last week, which killed 20 people and raised fears about future action by Ankara against Pindostan’s most valuable supposed vassal on the ground. Following these strikes, the YPG called on the coalition to implement a no-fly zone over north-eastern Syria. What they got instead were Pindo troops acting as human shields. These troops may well be needed. Erdogan has threatened additional military action against the YPG, and said on Tuesday he would not allow the PKK to use Syria to press its case for Kurdish autonomy. Pindo forces have acted as a buffer between the two foes before, but the stakes are even higher now, with Turkey promising additional action and Erdogan’s visit to Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, and Erdogan meeting Trump when he visits Faschingstein in less than two weeks. Erdogan said in a speech on Sunday, according to Anadolu:

We are seriously concerned to see Pindo flags in a convoy that has YPG rags on it. If we do not work together against terrorism, then tomorrow it will strike another ally.

Turkey had counted on Trump’s promise to recalibrate Daesh strategy against Daesh, hoping Faschingstein would finally heed Ankara’s plea for less reliance on Kurdish forces in Syria. But in the months since his inauguration, Trump’s policy has only expanded on Obama’s, with Pindostan dramatically increasing its military presence in Kurdish areas of Syria and leaning ever more heavily on the Kurds in the battlefield. On Monday, the SDF said they were almost in control of Tabqa, 40 km west of Raqqa. The Pindos airlifted some SDF behind enemy lines in March, allowing them to surprise and outflank Daesh. Along other areas of the front line against Daesh, the SDF are just a few km away from Raqqa and poised for an assault. But as long as Turkey is threatening additional attacks on the YPG, the SDF may be unwilling to begin its offensive. With recent air strikes hitting YPG forces in Syria and PKK forces in Iraq simultaneously, it appears that a new Turkish offensive may be starting. These strikes could be one last attempt by Ankara to get Pindostan to rethink its support for a SDF assault on Raqqa and instead join forces with Turkey in what will be the most important battle against the extremists in Syria. Erdogan said on Saturday:

The mighty Pindostan, the coalition and Turkey can join hands and turn Raqqa into a graveyard for Daesh.

So far, Pindostan has continued to do what it has throughout the war against Daesh, namely encourage all of its supposed vassals to cooperate and not to fight one another. But they’ve given no indication that they plan on listening.

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