Reflections

In Syria, Turkey's Best-Laid Plans Go Awry

Mar 6, 2017 | 23:21 GMT
Ankara's loss in Manbij could be Moscow's gain.

After the Turkish government spent weeks touting its plans to take the Syrian city of Manbij, Russia confirmed an unexpected deal to turn the city over to loyalist forces, complicating Ankara's plan.

(DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Manbij Military Council announced March 2 that it had struck a deal with Russia to hand control of the villages in western Manbij over to loyalist forces. The announcement and its subsequent confirmation came as a shock to Ankara. Russia's arrangement with the Manbij Military Council, however, will seriously complicate that plan....

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