Press Titles ” 2019/2/19
Russia has sent a warning message to Turkey about the situation in Idlib and its reliance on “making deals with terrorists”, and stressed the inevitability of military action against them, while the head of the US Central Command, Joseph Votil, discussed with the Syrian Democratic Command about the situation in north and east of Syria.
On Tuesday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the Russian-Turkish dispute about Idlib governorate and the US talks with SDF.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Russia puts pressure on Turkey toward an inevitable process in north-east of Syria
On Tuesday morning, the published Arab newspapers dealt with several topics on the Syrian issue, the most important of which were the situation in Idlib and the Russian-Turkish moves. In this context, al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said, “The Kremlin warned about relying on deals with the terrorists in reference to the Turkish side, and spoke about the inevitability of launching a military action while the Russian Foreign Ministry reaffirmed the agreement between the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran to implement the policy «step by step» to undermine the influence of Jabhet al-Nusra gradually.”
The newspaper said, “After Russian sources leaked a few days ago that the consensus behind the closed doors of the tripartite summit left the door open for a military operation after agreeing on the details, the talk of the Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov on Monday revealed another aspect of the understandings through emphasizing the importance of not relying on deals with terrorists”.
Referring to Russia’s conviction that Ankara will not succeed in resolving the Idlib file through dialogue with the dominant factions in the city, Peskov said, “We must not hope to reach an agreement with the terrorist organizations. This is a false hope, they are terrorists; Jabhet al-Nusra branch of al-Qaeda even if they changed their names.
Al-Arab: No release of IS fighters who captured by Kurds’
“The authorities in North Syria, led by the Kurds, said on Monday that they would not release the fighters of the Foreign Islamic Organization held in their custody, adding that the countries have to shoulder their responsibilities. Abdul Karim Omar, an official in Foreign Relations Affairs in the region which is controlled by the Kurds said that about 800 foreign fighters are being held in prisons, in addition to about 700 women of their wives and 1,500 children in the camps of the displaced, alluding that dozens of detainees and their relatives pray daily. The Kurdish official described the detainees as a Time Bomb.”
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: America discusses with the Kurds the next day
Al-Sharq al-Awsat said, “The head of the US Central Command, Joseph Votil visited northeast of Syria on Monday, where he met the commanders of the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces to discuss the arrangements of the “next day” for the US withdrawal.”
The newspaper added, “Mazloum Kobani, the commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces called for the staying of between 1,000 and 1,500 fighters International Coalition Forces in Syria to help combating “Daesh”, and hoped that Washington would stop plans to withdraw its forces in full. He reiterated after meeting with Votil that the “Syrian Democratic Forces” want cover and air support on the ground to coordinate, but Votil said that this is not the path we are going through at the moment. He said that his visit aimed at implementing the President Donald Trump’s order to withdraw from Syria. Discussions with (Syrian Democratic Forces) are not about the staying of the US forces, but about what the Coalition members can do.”