Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Syria

Erdogan hopes for stronger Trump stances against YPG and PKK

By Rudaw 20/4/2017
Turkish security forces conduct operations against the PKK in Turkey. Photo: AA
Turkish security forces conduct operations against the PKK in Turkey. Photo: AA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressuring his new US counterpart Donald Trump to drop support for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, re-iterating the Turkish stance of the organization being an arm of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

"The YPG is an arm of the PKK. We must put an end to this," said Erodgan in an interview with Al-Jazeera news.  "We can't destroy one terrorist group with another one. We are strategic partners with the US."

 

The PKK is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

 

The Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) and the mostly Kurdish YPG comprise the diverse Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have proven to be effective fighters against ISIS.

The international coalition to defeat ISIS — to which Turkey is a member — claims it has recaptured 14,000 square-kilometers of terrain once held by ISIS in Syria, including more than 7,400 square-kilometers since operations around Raqqa began on November 5, 2016.

In a recent visit to northern Syria by a top advisor to the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell observed the SDF in action and in training with US forces.

“I walked away with the utmost confidence that the Syrian Democratic Forces can get the job done,” he said in a Department of Defense interview after the visit, noting that "ISIS is the common enemy."

Troxell described the discipline and command he observed demonstrated by the SDF.

“The key leaders were older, but you could tell they have a good [command] climate, that commanders are engaged and they are a disciplined force,” he said. “Talking to some of our special operators, in their opinion, [the SDF] was some of the best partnered forces they have ever been with.”

US Col. and coalition spokesman John Dorrian in mid-March told Rudaw that the increased number of US troops in northern Syria have not observed a threat posed by SDF components to Turkey.

“They've had a visible presence more recently, and the purpose of their presence right now is to make sure there is no security incident and to make sure there is no persistent [the Kurdish force] YPG presence in the city, or anything that would threaten Turkey because we are also committed to Turkey's security," Dorrian said.

"And what we've found so far is that there is exactly zero threat to Turkey's security in Manbij."

Erdogan and Trump have spoken on the telephone several times. The two are expected to meet at the May 24 NATO Summit in Brussels.

"With President Obama, we had a mutual agreement about the PKK — but Obama deceived us,” Erdogan said. “I don't believe the Trump administration will do the same."

The PKK resumed armed clashes against the Turkish state inside and across the Turkish border in July 2015 after the peace progress between Ankara and the PKK was shattered.

An estimated 40,000 people have died in clashes between the PKK and the Turkish state over the past three decades.

Turkey regular conducts strikes against PKK bases in border regions.

Comments

 
vatan seven | 12/5/2017
so after so many deat have they been able to finish PKK? because PKK IS RESULT OF Ideology and they are not a teror group because they defend their land and identity.
3453 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

pete | 6/17/2018 6:41:13 AM
"The PKK is a named terror organization in Turkey" ??? Why do you always publish Turkish propaganda? Why do you never mention that PKK is not...
Turkish forces hit PKK gathering in Qandil: Erdogan
| yesterday at 11:44 | (1)
barb scott | 6/17/2018 3:25:12 AM
Baloney! The CiA already funded and trained rebel groups way before the Grafitti boys. These funded groups were armed and shot police during the...
Karl | 6/17/2018 4:40:57 AM
If these boys really were responsible for the revolution against an evil regime, why were they released alive? Did these boys pay for the weapons,...
Graffiti boys who lit Syria war brace for regime attack
| yesterday at 10:53 | (2)
Iranian | 6/17/2018 12:29:41 AM
I'm Iranian. I hate traitors, sepaRATists, Tribalist racists and backward stalinist communists. But I'm against death penalty.
Prisoners riot to save Kurdish man on death row in Iran
| 16/6/2018 | (1)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 6/16/2018 6:42:22 PM
Probably a good idea, though from what I've read, today's PKK are rebels who rejected his calls for detente - who wanted to kill Turks as much as...
Outsider | 6/16/2018 11:27:32 PM
Sure...let's see what they will say in few weeks and months...I remember well what they were saying only weeks ago... "YPG will never leave"... yes,...
Manbij officials remove Abdullah Ocalan images: commander
| 16/6/2018 | (2)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Hashd al-Shaabi accuses US of killing 22 fighters in Syria airstrikes 46 minutes ago |

Hashd al-Shaabi accuses US of killing 22 fighters in Syria airstrikes

"American jets struck three fixed bases of Hashd more
HDP chair accuses Erdogan of ‘speaking on behalf of women’ 1 hour ago |

HDP chair accuses Erdogan of ‘speaking on behalf of women’

"Whether to smile or not, how many children to more
PKK denies casualties following Turkish weekend assault on Qandil 4 hours ago |

PKK denies casualties following Turkish weekend assault on Qandil

"We have had no losses in these attacks" more
0.578 seconds