Why the United States can't afford to cede control of Syria


Tensions between Turkey and the United States have escalated in recent months over the Trump administration's backing of the YPG (People's Protection Unit) in Syria, Kurdish militias that have been affiliated to the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), a designated terror organisation that has launched continual attacks against Turkey. The Syrian Kurdish forces have proven a critical ally in the war against Islamic State militants who once held a broad swath of eastern Syria.

The street in Ankara where the American embassy is located will be renamed after Turkey's operation against a Kurdish militia in Syria that has sparked concern in Washington, the mayor of the Turkish capital said today. Both agencies failed miserably as the ostensible guerrillas accepted US arms and promptly handed them over to terrorist groups fighting in Syria.

"You hit us, we will respond aggressively". "If those who come and go as they like through Turkey think they're going to go stirring things up in places without paying for it, they'll soon see that's not the case". "They will soon see that it's not such a place".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due in Ankara later this week for talks aimed at finding a way forward as Washington expresses severe alarm over the campaign against Kurdish militia. "The issues have been out there: Kurdish-Turkish-American tensions; Iran-Syria-Israel tensions", Ryan Crocker, a former US ambassador to Syria, told me.

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Last month, Turkey began a military intervention called Operation Olive Branch to clear Kurdish forces in Syria that are close to its southern border. The operation is still underway.

The U.S. has pledged to keep troops in Syria and Iraq for the foreseeable future, despite not being invited to do so by the Syrian government and continued unease over the U.S. presence in Iraq. Moreover, reported Reuters, "U.S. forces in Syria have already faced direct threats from Syrian and Iranian-backed forces, leading to the shoot-down of Iranian drones and a Syrian jet past year, as well as to tensions with Russian Federation".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sounded the alarm at a coalition gathering in Kuwait City. "The reason for that missing trust is the US", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News. "We will defend ourselves", Funk added. From now on, nobody has right to use the Deash [as an excuse].

Erdoğan noted that both Turkey and the US are members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Washington has to abide by the alliance's obligations as much as Turkey. "But we are now at end of the Deash theater in Syria", he said.

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Buldan said she wants to revive a peace process that collapsed three years ago, what she calls "a turning point for Turkey".

While Erdogan said that Turkey wouldn't deliberately target US forces, he warned USA soldiers to keep their distance from the YPG on the battlefield.

The YPG, as the main Kurdish force fighting Turkey is known, is considered a terrorist group by Ankara, and has been an ally of the USA in the fight against ISIS.

Threatening U.S. forces in Manbij-Erdogan has said he would be forced to "bury" them and warned that although "they tell us 'don't come to Manbij, '" Turkey "will come to Manbij" - could irrevocably damage the decades-long U.S.

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