FAST FIVE: Putin Planning "Deal Of The Century" Between Syria & Turkey As US Exits

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Turkey could indeed be ready given it has finally gotten its way in Syria – with a long planned attack on Syrian Kurds along the border in northern Syria, which began Wednesday with an air and ground offensive.  Previously Ankara had signaled that it would only engage Damascus if it led to Assad being removed from office.

“We've heard Syrian officials and Kurdish organizations' representatives say they are interested in Russia using its good relations with all parties to this process for assistance in establishing such a dialogue.

We'll see how to go about this business,” the Russian foreign minister added.

And in a report on Thursday as a ground battle rages between YPG/SDF forces and Turkish-backed proxy 'rebels' – backed also by Turkish troops – The Guardian also took note of a potential Putin “deal of the century” to end the war in Syria while ensuring American retreat:  But Putin also wants to see an end to the Syrian civil war.

We were warning against playing the Kurdish card, as this can come to no good, of which we were also warned by our colleagues from other countries in the region having large Kurdish communities.” Indeed Syrian Kurdish has already this week expressly stated they are open to a deal with Assad.  On Monday the commander of the US trained and armed SDF, Mazlum Abdi, indicated just that in a bombshell statement: “We are considering a partnership with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the aim of fighting Turkish forces,” he said.

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