[I]t is now also a question of supremacy in the Middle East.
'A nuclear-armed Iran is not in the interest of Turkey as it would challenge Ankara’s own regional-power position in the Middle East.'
The United States’ strategy in the Middle East can be well understood by the use of its bases on its allies’ land. The presence of a U.S. outpost in a country is always an indication of significance, but the withdrawal from one base to another is an especially unequivocal sign of major changes taking place.
If Ankara is consistent and launches an offensive on this enclave, the Pentagon will have a difficult decision to make - will they fight a NATO ally?
If the Americans were to lose the Kurds, they’d have to start all over again.