Le Beck’s head of intelligence was quoted in Bild (German – Paywalled) regarding the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria:

“Turkey, the Syrian regime, Iran and Russia are the main winners following the US withdrawal. I would also say that ISIS [the Islamic State] is also given an unprecedented and unexpected opportunity to regroup and rise again.”

“Erdogan is one of the main winners of the US withdrawal. The offensive is likely to help him consolidate support at home, where he has recently been challenged. In Syria, the US withdrawal killed the prospect of an autonomous Kurdish-controlled entity. Even Assad’s deployments along the border wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for Ankara, as Erdogan can hope to eventually secure some form of agreement with Russia.”

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