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Opinion: Anti-ISIS strategy not working in Syria

The amplified Kurdish influence, as well as reported violations committed by some Kurdish groups against Arab communities, have led to ethnic tensions between local communities. In 2015, the Syrian Kurds were forcibly removing people from their homes by “deliberately demolishing civilian homes, in some cases razing and burning entire villages,” Amnesty International’s Lama Fakih said in a report based on information the rights group had gathered on a fact-finding mission.
The Kurdish dominance in northern Syria also prompted Turkey — which considers these forces to be terrorists, linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and therefore a security threat — to partner in August with Syrian rebel groups and intervene militarily in Syria to fight ISIS and curb the growing power of the Kurds.
The United States, instead of addressing these tensions, has sent mixed signals in an attempt to please all its allies and mobilize them against ISIS. What has happened in Manbij provides a clear example of this policy. The United States supported the Kurdish-led offensive in August to seize the city, but it also assured Turkey that the Kurds would not run Manbij after defeating ISIS.
The failure or unwillingness of the United States to fulfill this assurance in Manbij led to a number of clashes between the Kurdish forces and Turkey, backed by its Syrian rebel allies. Kurdish forces, as a result, have recently turned over frontline villages to the Syrian army to create a buffer zone with the Turkish-led forces.

This maneuver has succeeded in postponing a full-scale military confrontation between Turkey, Syrian rebels and Kurds. But it has also made the situation riskier.

The presence of many old enemies face to face in a small area, with no clear strategy to address the tensions between them, is turning the situation into a time bomb.

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