Saturday, September 23, 2017

Turkey to deploy troops inside Idlib ...did the Kurds get checkmated?

via Press TV.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims his country will deploy troops to Syria’s Idlib region as part of the Astana agreement with Iran and Russia on “de-escalation zones.”

Erdogan said in a Thursday interview with Reuters, “Under the agreement, Russians are maintaining security outside Idlib and Turkey will maintain the security inside Idlib region.”

Turkey, Russia and Iran act as guarantor states in the Syria peace process which has been underway between the Syrian government and the armed opposition in the Kazakh capital, Astana, since January.

In the latest round of the Astana talks last week, the three sides agreed on the details of a fourth de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib Province. In a joint statement, the trio said they had agreed “to allocate” their forces to patrol the zone covering Idlib and parts of the neighboring provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.
Story here. 

Geez.  I hadn't heard of the Astana Agreement!  Didn't even know that Russia, Iran, and Turkey were talking.

How did they throw peace talks, and essentially a partition of Syria without the US being involved?

Even more stunning is this.

Everyone is all atwitter about the Kurdish referendum.  But if this is true then they've been checkmated before the vote even took place.

How did we miss this?

Note.  One of you guys will do it but save your idiocy.  I monitor the comments and NOT one person has ever referred to the Astana Agreements in the comments section!  I readily admit that this caught me flat footed.

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