Trump and Erdogan to work toward finding Syria consensus

19 May, 2017, 17:33 | Author: Valerie Burke

Ankara, a crucial partner in the US -led coalition against Islamic State, considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast for three decades and is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and United States.

At the end of the day, Kahl said, Trump came to the same conclusion as Obama, but only after Erdogan had won his referendum without the annoyance of an open breach with Washington.

The two presidents will give public statements Tuesday.

The United States and Turkey are seemingly not on the same page regarding confronting terrorism as the United States is colluding with Syrian Kurds after the USA has set a key objective of defeating ISIS militants; however, Turkey has taken a stand against arming Kurds, perceiving Kurds as terrorists. At the same time Erdogan's actions periodically demonstrate that Turkey does not share the goals and the main principals of the alliance. But for the White House to announce that such shipments are now official policy, and will include heavier equipment such as mortars and armored cars, is a direct warning to Erdogan, who has become increasingly autocratic as a leader-and problematic as an ally-since he put down an attempted coup last summer.

Yıldırım might have stated "we are not in a position to declare war on the USA", but it also means that we would be on the verge of conflagration if it were possible to challenge the world power. If Erdogan can accept that his expectations cannot be realized because of the constraints of USA law and national security interests but that he will be treated as an equal and there will be no interference or even harsh commentary regarding his domestic policies, these two birds of a feather should flock together for the mutual benefit of their respective national security interests. Washington, meanwhile, has suggested it will attempt to assuage Turkey's concerns by supporting Turkish security.

On BBC radio news on Wednesday, May 10, Egeman Bağiş noted that the USA has failed to honor Turkey's repeated requests to extradite Fethullah Gulen and described this failure as evidence that the U.S.is not committed to fighting terrorism as "Gulen is known by everyone in Turkey to have directed the coup attempt" in July 2016.

The president, on the other hand, rightly considers the YPG the most effective boots on the ground in Syria against Islamic State, and is preparing it for the coming battles to eradicate Islamic State control of Syrian territory. Although the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman Dana White stressed that the Turkish leadership should not worry about security in the region, since "the USA is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally", but these words could not console the already troubled and perplexed Turkish President Erdogan. Kurds are an ethnic group predominantly concentrated along the borders of four countries — Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

"They say it's a very hard decision. they don't have any other alternatives, so on and so forth", the senior Turkish official said.

They are backed by coalition air strikes, USA special forces advisers, and even an American Marines artillery battery. "Could you accept that kind of decision?" We fought side by side in Korea.

"The arming of the Syrian Democratic Forces is going to be very important for the liberation of Raqqa".

Turkey has offered its own troops, and separate Syrian Arab forces under its wing, for the Raqqa offensive, but the Americans maintain that the Kurds have proved their mettle and are ready to move. "They've been saying that for a year now". Tensions got worse in April, when Turkey launched airstrikes against the YPG. "The United States is trying to substitute a threat, which is against the West's interests, with a threat against Turkey". First, enhanced and increased US assistance against the PKK, without any public expressions of concern about the tactics the Turkish military uses in civilian areas of southeastern Turkey.

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