With the “Kurdistan Freedom Hawks” (TAK) claiming responsibility for the Ankara bombing having said in the past that their relationship with PKK militants “has been severed”, it might be expected that Turkey’s pretext for invading Syria is beginning to crumble. However, Mevlut Cavusog, the Turkish Foreign Minister, openly proclaiming that he is “pleased” that John Kerry has described the Syrian-Kurdish PYD as “untrustworthy”, and with Obama sharing Erdogan’s “concerns” in a rather long telephone call with the Turkish leader, caution has to be advised and it is, indeed, all too likely that we have, once again, the two allies “working in tandem while dissimulating difference of opinion to mislead outsiders.”
This is important, because it at least indicates that even if Washington’s proclaimed Kurdish allies in the north of Syria are denying involvement, while saying that they do not see Ankara as their enemy, the United States appears to be ready to give Turkey the green light to create further chaos and instability in Syria and in doing so it is ready to sacrifice their alliance with the PYD.
Of course, the reality is that if the United States wanted to, it could stop this war tomorrow, even if it meant that concessions would have to be granted to the government in Damascus and their Russian allies. However, this is not something America wants to do especially when it can avail itself of the opportunity to, once again, sell itself as an honest broker while in fact continuing to wreak havoc in pursuit of its foreign policy goals.