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Sep 14 2018

Turkey warns U.S. about Kurdish role in Idlib

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu warned NATO ally the United States about the alleged involvement of its Kurdish allies in President Bashar al-Assad’s offensive on Idlib.

In a letter to the New York Times entitled “A Looming Disaster in Syria”, Çavuşoğlu said the newspaper had overlooked the troubling development involving the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which work with the United States in Syria, when writing recently of the human disaster that threatens Idlib, where Turkey keeps troops.

“New reports suggest that the YPG, a terrorist group operating from Syria that has received arms and aid paid for by American taxpayers, has forged an alliance with Mr. Assad and is sending troops as part of a deal brokered in July to help him recapture Idlib from the rebels.

“The alliance has grown deeper since senior leaders of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, spearheaded by the YPG, held formal talks with the Syrian regime to carve out a place for themselves in the new Syria,” he said.

Çavuşoğlu said it is untenable to have the YPG, the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is recognised as a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, operating from Syria just miles from the border with Turkey.

“It’s time for Washington to assess who its real allies in the region are,” he said.