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“Sykes-Picot On Acid”: US Considering Syria Partition Plan Amidst Troop Exit

epa03017800 Syrian protesters display a giant portrait of President Bashar Assad during a pro-government rally at Sabe Bahrat square in downtown Damascus, Syria, 28 November 2011. According to media sources, thousands of supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rallied on 28 November across the country to protest the Arab League sanctions imposed on Damascus. Arab League foreign ministers endorsed on 27 November a package of economic sanctions against the Syrian government over its relentless clampdown against opposition. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Via Zerohedge

The White House-appointed Syria and anti-ISIL coalition envoy James Jeffrey has asked Syrian Kurdish leaders backed by the United States to hold off on making any deals with President Bashar al-Assad’s government while the Trump administration tries to develop its strategy. As we predicted the longer it takes to withdraw troops, the more time the blob of Washington hawks has to put obstacles in the way of a true and full US pullout.

Meanwhile according to The Wall Street Journal Turkey is putting pressure on the US to provide “substantial military support, including airstrikes, transport and logistics” in support of Turkey’s supposed ISIS fight in Syria. So a mere little over two weeks following Trump’s announced Syria draw down, it appears we could be right back to a square one quagmire.

Or perhaps the US deep state will send things further into a “forever war” indefinite quagmire, the polar opposite of Trump’s stated desire to “bring our youth back home where they belong!”  as the president declaredfollowing the initial troop pullout announcement, per the below alarming commentary from the WSJ:

The Turkish requests are so extensive that, if fully met, the American military might be deepening its involvement in Syria instead of reducing it, the officials added. That would frustrate President Trump’s goal of transferring the mission of finishing off Islamic State to Turkey in the hope of forging an exit strategy for the U.S. military to leave Syria.

But to “frustrate President Trump’s goal” is precisely the point among the many Iran hawks, Syrian regime change promoters, neocons and liberal interventionists alike filling the ranks of the State Department and influential DC think tanks.

This comes just as a senior State Department official reiterated to the WSJ:

“We have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from Syria.”

So the two key messages now coming out of the administration are “no timeline” and “no vacuum” which can be generally summarized as given any US pullout of northeast Syria, the US doesn’t want pro-Turkish forces to slaughter the Kurds, but neither does the US want the Kurds to strike a deal with Assad to handover territory to Damascus.

However, it’s likely too late, as the Kurds have already begun inviting Syrian forces into previously autonomous SDF/Kurdish zones.

According to the WSJ, the administration’s Syria envoy has a plan that seeks to mitigate the risks of either a Kurdish slaughter or an Assad takeover. The plan is visualized in a classified, undisclosed map that proposes something officials have described as “Sykes-Picot on acid”:

Mr. Jeffrey and his State Department team have created a color-coded map of northeastern Syria in an attempt to negotiate a power-sharing plan that could avert a costly Turkish-Kurdish fight in the area.

However, keeping their forces apart should Mr. Erdogan’s troops enter Syria could prove difficult. One former U.S. official described the map as “Sykes-Picot on acid,” a reference to the secret post-World War I deal between France and England that carved the Middle East into colonial spheres of influence.

Talks will be held between US and Turkish defense officials next week in Ankara, meanwhile the US envoy “has asked Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Kurdish commander of Syrian fighters, to hold off on making any deals with President Bashar al-Assad’s government” while the US considers its next move.

But it remains that we’ve gone from Trump’s “full” and “immediate” troop pullout announced two weeks ago to current proposals of “Sykes-Picot on acid”.

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Olivia Kroth
January 6, 2019

Whatever the US wants is of no importance for Syria. The Russians do not want to see Syria partitioned, so it will not happen.
Instead of doing a lot of vain talking, the US Government should now pull out of Syria.
Enough is enough!

Reply to  Olivia Kroth
January 6, 2019

Assad needs to keep moving his forces North to the borders while the US dither.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
October 13, 2019

In any case, who the hell do they think they are with their threats to partition another country? The US should pull out of everywhere and go home because no one wants them on their soil, or in their territorial waters, or in their air space.

Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
January 6, 2019

“Mr. Jeffrey and his State Department team have created a color-coded map of northeastern Syria…”

Ah, just as Western “officials” created maps of Korea and Vietnam… and just as Woodrow Wilson and his gang of disgusting racist hypocrites sliced up Europe in 1919 to make sure it could offer no resistance to American domination.

Who knew maps could kill millions of people and destroy nations?

Reply to  Tom Welsh
January 7, 2019

Do you mean the same [[gang of disgusting racist hypocrites]] who devised and implemented the Morgenthau Plan?

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
January 7, 2019

~ The dirty sneaky loser-liar coward-pervert ZioYank war criminals are only interested in slyly abetting their terrorists (preferably remorphed now) so that they can continue stealing sovereign Syrian oil and set up their illegal staging posts (military bases) to cause and commit more sick-minded atrocities.

Jonathan Gillispie
January 7, 2019

This only draws out the inevitable. The US leaves Syria in the end whether it’s sooner or later. The Kurds are gonna make a deal with the Syrian govt for autonomy and protection. You only make things messier when you try pulling this stunt.

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