Thursday, May 18, 2017

Turkey calls for ouster of US envoy for anti-ISIS coalition

Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the U.S. diplomat coordinating the international coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militia.


Washington and Ankara are bitterly at odds over U.S. support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, a group that Turkey considers a front for banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists.

"Brett McGurk is definitely giving support to PKK and YPG. It would be useful if this person was replaced," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the private NTV television.

Last year, McGurk visited YPG members controlling the Syrian town of Kobane and was awarded a plaque, which drew Turkey's wrath.
  [dailystar.com.lb/AFP]
18/5/17
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  1. President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week that Turkey would act "without asking anyone" if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reported on Thursday...

    Trump's approval, before the visit, of plans to arm the YPG as it advances towards ISIS' Raqqa stronghold had overshadowed talks between the NATO allies, but Erdogan did not directly criticize the plan at the White House.

    Later, speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy, Erdogan underlined Turkey's concerns about the YPG, which Ankara regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeast Turkey.

    "We clearly told them this: if there is any sort of attack from the YPG and PYD against Turkey, we will implement the rules of engagement without asking anyone," the Sabah newspaper citing him as saying. The PYD is the YPG's political arm.

    Erdogan said that the United States had made its decision on the subject of the Raqqa operation and that Turkey could not participate, given the YPG involvement.
    REUTERS

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