Friday, 24 March, 2017

Turkey warns USA on Raqqah push with Kurdish help

Istanbul Turkey. From left Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint statement for the press after their meeting Putin Erdogan to Discuss Syria at Upcoming Meeting- Lavrov Sputnik Sergey Guneev
Lance Thomas | 10 March, 2017, 00:09

The Syrian army took over the positions in the city of Manbij, where the US -backed Manbij Military Council had been fighting anti-Assad rebel forces backed by Turkey, a spokesman for Manbij Military Council said on March 6.

After clashing with Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels west of Manbij earlier this month, the Manbij Military Council (MMC) declared a deal with Russian Federation to hand front-line villages to Syrian government control.

There was no immediate statement from the Turkish government.

YPG is becoming a key partner of the US-led coalition fighting jihadists as the group has ousted IS from the key towns of Kobane and Manbij since January 2015. Davis said the deployment of small numbers of US troops in and around Manbij was done under authorities that existed prior to President Donald Trump taking office in January and therefore did not require new approvals in Washington.

Cavusoglu gave no deadline for any withdrawal of the YPG militia, seen by Ankara as a hostile force allied to PKK Kurdish militants fighting an insurgency on Turkish soil.

Asked by influential Senator John McCain whether he shared the view about the risk of a conflict between the two US allies, Army General Joseph Votel said: "I do, Mr. Chairman".

Turkish officials also fear that Assad's forces near Manbij could serve as a blocking force on the Turkish military to prevent its movement south to join an eventual assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

But the Russian government informed Russian media a day before the Antalya meetings that energy issues would be discussed, notably the Turkish Stream pipeline to carry Russian gas to southern Europe and the construction of another nuclear power plant in Turkey.

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Turkish forces have already pushed deep into northern Syria to retake Islamic State-held territory along its borders.

The PYD is generally regarded as political wing of the YPG, and the two designations are often used interchangeably.

"The U.S.is working for the formation of a federal Syria", maintained Solmazturk. Mercy Corps has been delivering lifesaving assistance to 350,000 to 500,000 civilians in wartorn Syria each month. The U.S. wants to include Kurds in that offensive, but Turkey strongly opposes their involvement.

Yildirim said the meetings would continue today. With the U.S. -Russian presence outside the city, the Turks seem to be backing down.

"It's quite likely that a Kurdish autonomous region in Syria will emerge, because neither the US nor Russian Federation is categorically opposed to such an entity", Uzgel argued.

Washington has stated its opposition to the Kurdish-led autonomous zones in northern Syria, even as it backs the YPG militarily.

Solmazturk feels the Turkish government's willingness to be part of the Raqqa campaign has to do with its aspiration to create its "own" state in Syria which would be under its sway.

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