The Syrian government on Thursday condemned the Turkish-American agreement on a "safe zone" in northern Syria as an "open attack" on Syrian sovereignty and a "dangerous escalation".
Syrian state media cited a source within the Foreign Ministry, calling the plan a "threat to peace and stability in the region".
The US and Turkey reached an agreement on Wednesday on a joint military command center in Turkey, which will coordinate a "safe zone" near the Turkish border in Northern Syria. This seems to reduce the chance that the Turkish army invades Syria for the third time.
Not much has been disclosed about the details of the agreements. The agreement was the result of three days of negotiations between delegations from both countries, which ended a month-long stalemate. Turkey and the US spent a long time discussing how large the safe zone should become and whose troops should be patrolling there.
Kurds are a diplomatic problem
The issue is not only charged because of the less than warm ties between the two NATO allies and the rejection of the plan by President Bashar Al Assad by the Syrian government. Northern Syria was freed from the Islamic State with American support by a coalition of Syrian opposition groups consisting mainly of Kurds. They currently control most of northern Syria.
Turkey fears that the Kurds are after their own state in the area. That is an unacceptable prospect for Ankara; the Turkish government has been fighting domestic separatists from the Kurdish minority for decades.
A Syrian-Kurdish official from the area warned on Wednesday that a Turkish attack on the Kurds would lead to a "big war".
US wants to withdraw troops
US President Donald Trump announced last year that US forces would withdraw from Syria. Under pressure from his military advisers, the withdrawal was delayed.
The US Department of Defense published a report on Tuesday warning of a resurgence of IS in Northeast Syria. The Kurdish battle groups do not have the capacity to prevent it without American support, the conclusion is.
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