In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in northeast Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane speaks on a range of issues including prospects for reviving dialogue with Turkey, US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and the impact of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing in Iraq.
Turkey’s plan to recruit mercenaries from Syria for the Libyan battlefield is gaining traction but appears to creating rifts among the Syrian opposition as fighters are lured to Libya by Turkish promises of money and more.
The Turkish Parliament will vote on sending soldiers to the north African country to support its internationally-recognised government, but deployment could entrench Turkey in Libya's long-running internal strife as well as intensify regional tensions.
On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country will take steps to create “safe zones” across northern Syria, including in areas east of the Euphrates, held by the US-backed Kurdish forces.
In his visit to Ankara on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discussed the possibility of working with Turkey to open a second border gate between the two countries at the Ovakoy Border Crossing.