Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Joe Biden arrives in Ankara amid Turkish military incursion into Syria

The vice president of the United States on Wednesday arrived in Turkey for a brief official visit hours after Turkish military forces launched an incursion into neighboring Syria.

Joe Biden arrived in the capital Ankara where he visited a section of the Turkish parliament building that was damaged during the failed July 15 coup attempt.

Biden is to attend meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who are expected to address requests to extradite a US-based Turkish cleric whom the Turkish leaders held responsible for orchestrating the coup.

Following the upheaval, Turkish officials detained and dismissed tens of thousands of public servants with alleged links to exiled Fethullah Gulen's organization, branded by Ankara as a terrorist network.

The US previously said it had received several documents relating to Gulen's extradition, but maintained that it would only treat a formal request from Ankara.

  • The visit also coincided with Turkey's largest known "ground operation" into Syrian territory.

Officials announced Wednesday that the Turkish Army was targeting Islamic State and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions around the town of Jarabulus, only kilometers from the Syria-Turkey border.

Kurdish forces have made recent gains in northern Syria against both IS and President Bashar Al Assad's government forces.

Turkey has long been opposed to Kurdish autonomy; a ceasefire between the Turkish state and Kurdish separatist groups such as the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) broke down in 2015.

Turkey's military action comes following a suspected IS bomb attack on a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep on Aug. 20, 2016, that killed 54 people.

IS-claimed attacks in Turkey have killed over a hundred people in 2016 alone.

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