U.S. agrees on wiping out anti-ISIS allies – Turkish Foreign Minister
Turkey and the United States have agreed that the Kurdish-majority People’s Protection Units (YPG) should be wiped out from all the regions of Syria they now occupy, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told state news agency Anadolu.
“There is a clear consensus (with the U.S.) on our roadmap that we will move on to other areas after Manbij (has been cleared of the YPG),” Anadolu quoted Çavuşoğlu as saying.
Turkey was deeply concerned about the rise of the YPG in Syria, with whose sister-organisation the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) it has been intermittently at war with in Turkey’s southeast since 1984.
The United States, however, chose to back the YPG as the most effective force in combatting the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. U.S.-YPG collaboration continues, although ISIS is now on its last legs.
The United States has confirmed that it has agreed on a roadmap for the withdrawal of the YPG from Manbij in northern Syria, but says that the timing for the actions in the roadmap will be contingent on events.
In the meantime, the YPG has reportedly been considering making a deal with President Bashar Assad of Syria in order to protect their territorial gains.