U.S. deep state may plan Turkey conflict in Manbij – columnist

The “deep state” in the United States government may be planning to provoke a conflict in the Syrian enclave of Manbij, where U.S. troops are stationed, in order to cause a wider war with Turkey, pro-government columnist Okan Müderrisoğlu wrote.

Statements out of the U.S. government appear to contradict each other, with Joseph Votel of Centcom warning that the United States has no plans to withdraw its troops from the area, he said in the Sabah newspaper. Meanwhile, financial markets appear to be very concerned about a possible conflict between the two NATO allies, he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump told President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a recent phone call that he didn’t want Turkish and U.S. troops to engage in hostile action, Müderrisoğlu said.

All of these factors raise concern that powers in the U.S. government may be planning to create the conditions for “an operation against Ankara” similar to the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016, he said.

Turkey has warned the United States that it plans to extend its incursion from Afrin into Manbij and has demanded that U.S. soldiers, there to train Kurdish fighters that Turkey says are terrorists, pull out immediately.