Trump arms the Kurds against Islamic State: Next, mollify the angry Turks


Turkey's prime minister said Wednesday the US can't use one terrorist group to fight another.

"We have suggested other solutions", Yildirim said, speaking to reporters at an event in London.

"The question now is what the USA can do to limit the damage to its relations with Turkey and how far the Turks will go in demonstrating their displeasure", said Howard Eissenstat, an associate professor at S.t Lawrence University in NY.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today his visit to the United States next week could mark a "new beginning" in relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies which were shaken by a U.S. decision to arm extremist Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria. Arming the Kurds while keeping Turkey on board is a gamble. "The United States is trying to substitute a threat, which is against the West's interests, with a threat against Turkey". "We keep on explaining that it's not the only alternative, and they keep saying it's the only alternative". The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is one of the things Washington is offering to ease Turkish concerns that the weapons will end up in enemy hands. He also said that once it starts it will not be publicly acknowledged by the U.S.

Tabqa - US-backed fighters said on Friday they were preparing for a final assault on the IS group's Syrian bastion Raqa, likely in June, with new weapons and armoured vehicles promised by Washington.

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, a lot of them civilians.

'I believe this support will arrive soon, ' he said.

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Mehmet Tezkan stated the issue clearly in the centrist Milliyet newspaper: "This is the problem: Ankara is failing to convince the Americans that the YPG is ensconced within the PKK and that the heavy weapons supplied to them will reach the PKK" for use against the Turkish army and police. "We never have and never will". "Turkey realized the danger of Daesh [ISIL] long before the United States did, and stood against it", Erdoğan told a group of journalists in Beijing on May 14, two days before a scheduled meeting with Trump in Washington.

According to PYD official Dibo, this is a "mistake that would eventually affect Turkey more than any other country", and cause Turkey to face more instability in the future. So began the unlikely alliance between the United States military and forces the Turkish government views as terrorists against whom it has waged decades of war.

"Oftentimes, it can be untidy", Mattis said of keeping allies focused on that goal.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is to visit President Donald Trump in Washington next Tuesday.

A USA defence official said earlier this week that the equipment would include small arms, ammunition, machine guns, armoured vehicles and bulldozers. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the matter, said artillery or surface-to-air missiles would not be provided.

Most recently, a CHP MP, Öztürk Yılmaz, criticized the governing party and Erdoğan for failing to stand up against the U.S. At the same time, the party is expected to warn the governing party to avoid putting Turkey in the position of North Korea by antagonizing the worldwide community.