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


Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using





Erdogan asks Trump to end support for YPG, PYD

By Rudaw 16/11/2018
US President Donald Trump (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) spoke by phone on Friday. Photos: AFP
US President Donald Trump (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) spoke by phone on Friday. Photos: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again urged the US to end its ties with Kurds in Syria. 

Erdogan spoke with US President Donald Trump by phone, his office announced on Friday evening. 

The Turkish president “expressed his expectations from the USA to end support for the Syrian branch of the terrorist organization PKK,” his office stated.

US support for Kurdish YPG and SDF forces in the war against ISIS in northern Syria has enraged Ankara, which considers the groups to be branches of the PKK. 

The US has long maintained that the YPG and SDF, and the political party the PYD, are distinct from the PKK. 

Ankara has accused Washington of supporting terrorists and has threatened military action against the Kurdish groups. 

Balancing the demands of Turkey with the needs in the war against ISIS has meant greater American involvement on the ground in northern Syria, US Ambassador James Jeffrey said on Thursday. 

Because of Turkey’s objections, the US has not given heavy weaponry to their Kurdish allies, instead having to supply that themselves, he explained. 

Turkey is hoping that Washington’s attitude may be shifting, however. 

In his same speech, Jeffrey described the Syrian Kurds as an “offshoot” of the PKK – a first for a member of Trump’s administration. 

Washington also recently announced bounties on the heads of three senior PKK leaders, collectively totaling $12 million. 

Analysts have posited the US may have increased pressure on the PKK in a bid to ease Turkish demands against the Kurds in Syria where they are engaged in an intense battle to defeat the last pocket of ISIS militants.

Erdogan and Trump agreed that joint Turkey-US patrols in the Manbij area – designed to prevent Turkish aggression against Kurds in the city – are proceeding satisfactorily and discussed the need to complete their roadmap for Manbij “as soon as possible,” read the Turkish statement of their phone call. 

The Whitehouse has not immediately issued a readout of their conversation. 


Mohamedzzz | 17/11/2018
Erdo must be joking, after all he has humor.
Riha | 17/11/2018
Would be great if Trump did that actually. Then finally the not so smart Kurds would not be a proxy force anymore.
Pete | 17/11/2018
Turkey is a branch of ISIS.
kurdish natinalist | 17/11/2018
Erdogan and his people can eat shit.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

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

What You Say

Luigi Palermo | 1/14/2019 2:28:55 PM
The Turks are now behaving like the Nazis of the years 1935-1945. The Turks want to exterminate all Kurds just like what the Nazis did to the...
Joe Vito | 1/20/2019 3:22:31 PM
The Kurds are God's war heroes, they are the only foot soldiers on the ground fighting Isis in Syria. They saved countless Christians and Yezidi's...
Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds
| 14/1/2019 | (7)
Bakir Lashkari | 1/20/2019 12:43:54 PM
Quite interesting demands from The Turkemenen in Kirkuk, which they might be representing less than 5% from the total population, where as more than...
Hansi Oemerian | 1/20/2019 3:11:15 PM
So despite the Kurds being an overwhelming majority they should be giving only the same amount of power as the rest of the minorities in Kirkuk. Has...
Turkmen propose 2 year rotating governorship for Kirkuk
| 15 hours ago | (5)
Joe | 1/19/2019 11:35:03 PM
Erdogan is the most evil man on the planet. The world turned a blind eye when he bombed Kurdish towns in Turkey, killing many Kurds. He got away...
Joe Vito | 1/20/2019 3:10:39 PM
Erdogan has one goal, to genocide the Kurds in Northern Syria and to oppress the Kurds living in Turkey. He bombed the towns of his own people in...
Masrour Barzani discusses protection of Syrian Kurds with US general
| 16/1/2019 | (11)
Arjun. | 1/20/2019 1:29:22 PM
Please no. Don’t bring that feminist crap to kurdistan. Feminism is man hating. Look at what’s happening in the west. Feminism is cancer.
Kikan | 1/20/2019 2:49:48 PM
The west have been pushing this agenda for decades and look at the results . Low birth rate , women are more lonely than ever , single motherhood and...
Women key to achieving gender equality in Kurdistan
| 17 hours ago | (3)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

0.641 seconds