Syrian Army on Turkish Border; Russian Warships Escorting U.S. Destroyer; US Withdrawal
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 14 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Syrian army to deploy along Turkish border in deal with Kurdish-led forces
The Syrian army will deploy along the length of the border with Turkey in an agreement with the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria to help repel a Turkish offensive, the Kurdish-led administration said on Sunday.
The army deployment would support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in countering “this aggression and liberating the areas that the Turkish army and mercenaries had entered”, it said, in reference to Turkey-backed Syrian rebels.
It would also allow for the liberation of other Syrian cities occupied by the Turkish army such as Afrin, the statement said. The Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies drove Kurdish forces from Afrin in 2018.
The agreement follows last week’s surprise move by the United States to pull a group of its forces from a section of the border, opening the path for Turkey’s incursion.
The SDF, a vital U.S. ally in the campaign against Islamic State, has called Washington’s move “a stab in the back”.
“In order to prevent and block this (Turkish) assault agreement has been reached with the Syrian government – whose duty is protect the borders of the country and to protect Syrian sovereignty – for the Syrian army to enter and deploy along the length of the Syrian-Turkish border,” the statement said.
Russian warships track movements of US Navy destroyer in Black Sea
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has begun escorting the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) that entered the Black Sea on Saturday, Russia’s National Defense Control Center told reporters.
“The Admiral Essen frigate alongside the Vyshny Volochek and Orekhovo-Zuyevo small missile ships are tracking movements of the US Navy ship in the Black Sea,” the center said.
On August 8, 2019 USS Porter visited the Black Sea and was monitored by the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Smetlivy destroyer at the time.
US moves toward a rapid, complete withdrawal of its military forces from Syria
The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey’s invasion could fuel a broader war.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that President Donald Trump had directed US troops in northern Syria to begin pulling out “as safely and quickly as possible.” He did not say Trump ordered troops to leave Syria, but that seemed like the next step in a combat zone growing more unstable by the hour.
A US official familiar with the situation on the ground told CNN earlier Sunday that US forces in Syria are preparing to withdraw from the country.
Esper, interviewed on two TV news shows, said the administration was considering its options.
“We have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies and it’s a very untenable situation,” Esper said.
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Source: TASS, Reuters, TTI