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Turkey’s Erdogan tells Pentagon chief ‘uneasy’ over arming Syrian Kurds

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Post by rocky Thu 24 Aug 2017, 4:54 am

Turkey’s Erdogan tells Pentagon chief ‘uneasy’ over arming Syrian Kurds

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Kurdistan, Politics

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Aug. 23, 2017. Photo: Presidential Palace via Reuters

ANKARA,— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told visiting Pentagon chief Jim Mattis of Turkey’s uneasiness over Washington arming a Kurdish militia of Syrian Kurdistan viewed as a terror group by Ankara, a policy which has strained ties between the NATO allies.

Mattis made the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review progress in the campaign against the Islamic State group, urging coalition partners to prevent other political issues from disrupting the growing momentum against the jihadists.

He met with Erdogan at the presidential palace after talks with Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli in Ankara.

Turkey, an important NATO ally of the United States and part of the coalition fighting the IS militants, is incensed that Washington has been arming the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the assault on the jihadists’ stronghold of Raqqa, in northern Syria.

Turkey regards the YPG as the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), but Washington has been impressed with its ability to combat IS on the ground.

But the United States regards the Kurdish Democratic Union Party PYD and its powerful military wing YPG as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with arms, air support as well as the military advisers.

In May, the Pentagon said it had begun transferring small arms, including AK-47s, and vehicles to the YPG to support its role as a leading player in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-Syrian Arab alliance fighting IS.

During the meeting, Erdogan told Mattis that Turkey was “uneasy over the US support” for the YPG, presidential sources said.

The Pentagon said Mattis addressed Turkey’s “legitimate” security concerns in the meeting and both men expressed a shared interest for their countries “to create conditions for a more stable and secure region.”

The Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia, began an offensive to capture Raqqa on June 6, under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition and have since captured dozens of neighborhoods.


http://ekurd.net/turkey-pentagon-arming-kurds-2017-08-24

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