Turkey demands answers over United States training of Kurds

Turkey demands answers over United States training of Kurds

Turkey demands answers over United States training of Kurds

The YPG has received arms shipments and training from the United States, in a move that angered Turkey which considers the Kurdish forces to be a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned a senior USA diplomat to express Ankara's "discomfort" over Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, state media reported.

The Turkish FM also said Russian Federation and Iran, as guarantors for peaceful settlement, should fulfill their commitments and "stop Assad regime" which, according to the Turkish side, violates the security regime in Syria's Idlib. In 2016, the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) pushed the Islamic State out of Manbij-a town on the western bank of the Euphrates-with support from the US-led coalition.

Ankara says YPG fighters are linked to Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, who have waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 10, 2018. Still, Moscow believes Ankara's protests are no more than a public stand while in fact Turkey is ready to bargain a deal with Russian Federation to carve up spheres of interest in Syria (Vedomosti, January 11, 2018). Military equipment is being deployed in Turkey's south-central province of Kilis, which borders Syrian territories controlled by the YPG and the PYD. In other words, the perpetrators of the drone attacks were not local rebels under Turkey's supervision. According to the report, the Russian Army General Staff sent a warning letter to the Turkish Army Chief of Staff, Hulusi Akar, as well as to the Turkish Intelligence Services Chief (MIT), Hakan Fidan, and urges them to take immediate care regarding security in the region.

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Idlib was designated one of four "de-escalation" zones agreed under the Astana agreement struck between Russia, Iran and Turkey a year ago.

On January 9, the Russian and Iranian ambassadors were reportedly called to the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Ankara to receive a protest note.

Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area.

The YPG is supported by USA with arms and training which angers Turkey.

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