Turkey has proposed to the United States that Kurdish YPG fighters withdraw to east of the Euphrates river in Syria and that Turkish and U.S. troops be stationed together in the country’s Manbij area, a Turkish official said Friday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu confirmed Tuesday Turkey’s determination to further its Syrian invasion, code named Operation Olive Branch, against the Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria, mainly in Afrin and Manbij.
According to Turkish local media, Çavuşoğlu claimed “our goal is not to clash with Russians, the Syrian regime or the United States, it is to battle the terrorist organization.” However, the Syrian government has criticized Turkish attacks on its soil.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF, were a key player in the defeat of the Islamic State group in Syria and they led the offensive that successfully reclaimed the Islamic State group’s self-declared capital: Raqqa.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory Sunday in the country’s hotly contested referendum that is set to place extraordinary powers in the hands of the president, heralding the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history.
Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh
See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.
Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL control
The main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey. Transportation mainly involves vehicles, including as part of humanitarian aid convoys.