Kurdish-led forces say they will advance on ISIS capital


On Monday, the Pentagon announced that President Trump had signed an order instructing the United States military to provide small and medium arms directly to Syrian Kurds fighting against ISIL (ISIS, Daesh), provoking anger and alarm in Turkey.

The operation to take Tabqa began on 21 March with a large-scale air drop by the US-led coalition, quickly securing the Tabqa air base as part of the first phase of the operation.

The slow pace of USA efforts to take Islamic State strongholds Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq have produced a risky us move in relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey. That is not to say that Turkey would not have any problem with Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria even if its Kurdish policy were more moderate, but Turkey would have not faced so many crises in the region in such a case. He explained his position on the issue by the fact that such terrorist organization as the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is extremely unsafe for Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed he would convince Trump to reverse his support of SDF in a meeting between the two leaders at the White House next week.

Turkey has also repeatedly threatened to cancel a migrant readmission agreement with the European Union and a $6 billion refugee deal with the bloc, slamming Brussels for not keeping to its side of the bargain and providing visa-free travel for Turkish citizens. Ankara said the plan was "unacceptable" and a threat to its national security. Too exuberant in its support for the Kurds, and the US risks pushing ally Turkey toward USA geopolitical rivals like Russian Federation or emboldening the Kurds to try to create an independent state — a scenario that would destabilize multiple countries in the region.

Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeastern Turkey for three decades, costing some 40,000 lives, majority civilians. "And we have to be more careful and sensitive", he told a news conference at the Ankara airport before departing for China and the United States.

His prime minister, Binali Yildirim, told reporters that Washington's stance "will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U.S.as well". This plan was not the Trump administration's plan.

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"We are going to continue to fight terror organization whether its name is PKK, or PYD or YPG; doesn't matter", Yildirim said.

Mattis acknowledged Turkey's concerns that weapons could end up in the hands of the Kurdish militants in Turkey, known as the PKK.

The spat over Syria represents the deepest crisis in bilateral ties since Ankara denied Washington permission to deploy USA troops to attack Iraq from Turkish soil in 2003.

"It will not be very easy to put relations back on track", Ozel said.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag voiced disappointment about what Turkey sees as the US reluctance to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based cleric accused by Erdogan of being the mastermind of last year's coup attempt.

But with Iran and Russian Federation working to bolster Assad's government, the Trump administration is turning to regional allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt for help as it crafts its Syria policy.

Turkey views the militia as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a deadly insurgency in southeast Turkey for many years and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.