Turkey pushes United States to decide on YPG in northeastern Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the Turkish Defense Industry Summit in Ankara Turkey

Turkey expanding military operation in northern Syria: Erdogan

Turkey has been infuriated by United States support for the YPG, which forms the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants.

Last month, the US Department of State put bounties on the heads of three senior PKK leaders, despite partnering with the group in Syria. "We can not overlook such moves", Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said yesterday. Ankara considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization.

However, the YPG is a sister organisation of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkish insurgent group seen as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the EU.

The U.S. military has installed observation outposts along the Turkish border in Syria.

"In a couple of days, Turkey will launch an operation east of the Euphrates", the Daily Sabah cited the Turkish leader as saying.

It is clear that the goal of these USA observation posts is not to protect our country from terrorists but to protect terrorists from Turkey. "We decisively want to bring peace and tranquility to civilians in the east of the Euphrates, as we have already done in other regions of Syria", the president said.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced, the outposts were built in parts of northeastern Syria, following a request from Turkey.

The deal over Manbij, which lies to the west of the Euphrates river, was agreed in February in a bid stabilise the region.

Congress passes farm bill; what that could mean for Kentucky farmers
Echoing Rounds, Johnson added, "Most importantly, I think it gives South Dakota producers the predictability they need". In 2017, the hemp pilot programs reported $25.6 million in capital investments and improvements.

Turkey said last month that it wanted the agreement on Manbij to be fully carried out by the end of the year. However, the US has been dragging its feet on the implementation of the deal for some time now.

USA troops also recently began running joint patrols with the Turkish military in Manbij, a flashpoint town that Turkey claims harbors elements of the YPG (People's Protection Units).

During his visit to Turkey, the US special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, and representatives of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) met last week in Turkey's southeastern province of Şanlıurfa.

Erdogan had claimed that ISIS is no longer a threat in northern Syria during his speech on Wednesday.

On June 4, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed a road map on Syria's Manbij during talks in Washington.

Youssef Hammoud, spokesperson for a coalition of pro-Ankara rebels, said the aim of a new operation would be to remove the YPG from an area spanning Manbij to Tal Abyad. In relation to Turkey's concern in the east of the Euphrates River, Temo underscored that Turkey does not oppose Kurdish presence in the east of the Euphrates, but, it is against the presence of PKK-affiliated groups in the region. "The forces who are fighting (there) will return to defend their areas and their families", Mahmud said.

Previously, Temo told a local newspaper that the YPG has nothing to do with the protecting Kurdish people's rights and added that Turkey is not the enemy of Syrian Kurds.

Latest News