US aims to hinder Turkey, divide Syria: leaked telegraph
U.S. officials decided to implement a detailed plan to disintegrate Syria and prolong the war in the country by ensuring their ongoing deployment on the eastern banks of the Euphrates
The U.S. is attempting to hinder Turkey and Russia as it pursues its secret plans to divide Syria behind closed doors, according to a leaked diplomatic cable.
The cable, which was leaked by Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported that it had gained access to an email from the British embassy in the U.S., outlining Washington’s five-paragraph plan to divide Syria.
An initial meeting of the “Small American Group on Syria,” comprising the United States, Great Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, was held in Washington on Jan. 11, 2018, according to a confidential telegraph penned by Benjamin Norman, a diplomat in charge of the Middle East at the British Embassy in Washington.
U.S. to maintain presence in Syria
According to the leaked telegraph, David Satterfield confirmed that President Trump has decided to maintain a large American military presence in Syria, which would cost the U.S. $ 4 billion annually, despite the victory over Daesh, stating that it would prevent any resurgence of the terror group in the region.
Deir Ezzor is the border
U.S. officials along with their western allies have decided to implement a detailed plan to disintegrate Syria and prolong the war in the country by ensuring their ongoing deployment on the eastern banks of the Euphrates.
Striking Russia’s Wagner mercenaries on Feb. 7 was effectively an attempt at drawing a line between the east and west of the Euphrates.
Six weeks prior to that incident, the U.S. informed its Syria Group allies that the next target would be to partition the eastern regions of Syria.
The leaked wire details a five-paragraph plan that needs to be enacted in Syria: partition of the country, sabotage of the Sochi process, controlling Turkey, directing UN Special Representative Staffan de Mistura who leads the negotiations of Geneva according to U.S. objectives, and influencing the Syrian opposition.
The “Small Group” had set its sights on sabotaging the Sochi process sponsored by Turkey, Russia and Iran after the Astana talks.
One of the conclusions of the first meeting of the “Small Group” was “to reinvigorate the Geneva [peace process] so that Sochi becomes irrelevant.” Their aim was also to try and take advantage of some of the benefits that the Sochi talks might bring, such as the gathering of the Syrian civil society organizations under a single roof.
Russia and Turkey, along with Iran are sponsoring the Astana peace talks, which focuses on a cease-fire and ending the six-and-a-half-year civil war in Syria.
Ties won’t be mended
In the meeting, the U.S. representative stressed the need to include the terrorist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK)’s Syrian offshoot, the PYD, in the Geneva process.
“Americans were seeking to establish multi-ethnic leadership in northeastern Syria to dilute the hegemony of the YPG.”
Turkey had opposed the PYD attending the Sochi process due to its affiliation to the PKK terrorist organization.
“It was necessary to impose the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces, a front for PKK/PYD terrorists) in the process of Geneva,” the telegraph read.
“Relations between the United States and Turkey are already bad and unlikely to improve,” concluded the American diplomat.
The U.S has supplied the PYD terror organization with more than 5,000 truckloads of weapons to allegedly use in the fight against Daesh, despite Ankara’s warnings that the group is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror organization.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.