Turkey warns of more strikes if Syrian Kurds don't retreat

Aug 30, 2016, 01:59
Turkey warns of more strikes if Syrian Kurds don't retreat

The first, in flawless accord with American policy, is to put the Islamic State group out of business in general, and in particular along the 511-mile Turkish-Syrian border. the second, which until now has put it at some odds with USA policy in the region, is to keep the Kurds from becoming stronger in Syria and through, the cooperation that exists among Kurds in the region, in Turkey as well.

The Turkish government says the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing YPG have close connections with the PKK.

However, Turkish jets struck People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the area yesterday as Turkish-backed rebel groups fought with Syria's main Kurdish nationalist force after Daesh's defeat in Jarablus. They have been clashing with Kurdish Syrian forces around the town to try to halt their advance.

He said all relevant parties had been forewarned of Turkey's operation in Syria, including the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a bitter enemy of Ankara who had been informed by its ally Russian Federation. It puts Washington in the hard spot of having to choose between two allies, and it is likely to divert resources from the fight against IS.

Ankara considers the YPG a "terrorist" group and has fiercely opposed its bid to expand into areas recaptured from IS to create a contiguous autonomous zone. "We are sure of this", he said.

Carter told reporters at the Pentagon that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford spoke to his Turkish counterpart on Sunday. Carter added that he intends to discuss the issue next week in Europe with Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik.

He added: "If those forces are being reinforced in Manbij and the Turks are saying they wish to take Manbij, then they're heading for a clash".

He warned that unco-ordinated operations "provide room for ISIL [IS] to find sanctuary and continue planning attacks against Turkey, the SDF, the United States, and our partners around the world".

More news: Michigan firefighters killed in crash identified

"Therefore, as previously stated by the United States and by the Syrian Kurds themselves, they need to move east of Euphrates, otherwise they will become a target in this operation", Cavusoglu told reporters.

In this welter of conflicting interests, the Obama administration is right to focus on combating ISIS and on trying to keep relations with Turkey from deteriorating further.

Turkey has insisted Kurdish militia, which it regards as terrorists, retreat east across the Euphrates river. Washingtons slow response to Turkeys demand for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric, who now lives in Pennsylvania and is regarded by Ankara as the mastermind of the plot, has only heightened anti-U.S. feelings in Turkey.

Turkish forces have attacked what they say are Kurdish "terrorists" since crossing the border last week.

"The villages of Thaljiyeh and al-Hadheibat in the Eastern side of al-Rai also were captured by the Turkey-backed FSA", the sources went on to say.

Carter says the US has persuaded the SDF to stay east of the Euphrates River, where they will not come in contact with Turkish forces on the west side of the Euphrates, and they can both fight the Islamic State from those positions.

The PYD terrorist group is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA and EU.

Also, is it not unusual that ISIS withdrew from Jarablus without fighting, enabling (other) Turkish-backed Islamists to take complete control of the city within hours of the beginning of the operation?

More news: Bounty on Philippines police officials protecting drug trade

The Pentagon, which sees the YPG militia as an important strategic part of the US -led anti-IS coalition, says USA forces were not involved any clashes between the YPG and troops taking part in the Turkish ground offensive.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was visiting southeastern city of Gaziantep on Sunday to express condolences for last weekend's suicide bombing there at a Kurdish wedding that left 54 dead. "They have fought hard and sacrificed to try and rid Syria of this hateful group". The Sajour is north of Manbij.

United States anti-IS coalition envoy Brett McGurk tweeted from a Defense Department briefing, saying the USA "was not involved in these activities, they were not coordinated with U.S. forces and we do not support them".

The move is unlikely to be accepted by Turkey, since Ankara wants the rebels to withdraw completely east of the Euphrates.

On Sunday, two separate blasts in the Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast killed one Turkish soldier and wounded eight others, and Kurdish militants launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a civilian airport, officials and the state-run news agency said. Turkey denied any civilians had been hit.

On Saturday, a Turkish soldier was killed and three more wounded in a Kurdish attack south of Jarabulus.

Cavusoglu also hailed the success of the lightning operation by Turkish-backed Syrian Arab fighters, who on Wednesday captured the town of Jarabulus from IS.

More news: Team Clinton Believes Trump Would Fail His Own Immigration Test

  • Strike mandate looms as Canada Post and worker's union continue talks

    Strike mandate looms as Canada Post and worker's union continue talks

    A mail box is seen outside a Canada Post office in Halifax on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. A planned job action by Canada Post has been delayed by 24 hours.
    North Korea's Kim Jong Un Offers Smiles, Hugs After Missile Test

    North Korea's Kim Jong Un Offers Smiles, Hugs After Missile Test

    North Korea already has land-based missiles that can hit South Korea and Japan, including US military bases in those countries. After the recent test, Kim stressed that American and South Korean "rash acts will only precipitate their self-destruction".
    Bravo's debut for City could come against United

    Bravo's debut for City could come against United

    The England global had been linked with a move to Goodison Park after City boss Pep Guardiola said he could leave. If the transfer window is closed and he is here, he has to stay here, he will be treated like another one.
  • Trump tones it down on immigration, or does he?

    Trump tones it down on immigration, or does he?

    Trump denied in an interview Monday morning on Fox News that he was "flip-flopping" on the issue of illegal immigration. He said he will have a "really fair but firm answer" to the immigration issue, but didn't elaborate.

    Offense Sputters, Rams Lose 17-9 in Denver

    He did turn the ball over once but Cody Latimer made a minimal effort on a pass that was intercepted by Rams S Cody Davis . Fisher and Rams general manager Les Snead consistently have said they will play Goff only when he is ready. "I don't know.
    British PM to trigger Brexit negotiations without vote

    British PM to trigger Brexit negotiations without vote

    "The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that the British public have voted and now she will get on with delivering Brexit". This news story is related to Print/145880-May-to-trigger-EU-pull-out-without-vote/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.
  • Fighters evacuated from besieged Syria town reach rebel city

    Security Council earlier this year that severe food shortages were forcing some people in Daraya to eat grass. Government and opposition forces negotiated an agreement to allow the evacuation to take place in safety.

    Ronaldo named UEFA Best Player in Europe for second time

    On Portugal's victory in Euro 2016, he said: "To be honest, I didn't think Portugal could win the EURO". Ronaldo also received the award in 2014. "Two in three years is an incredible achievement", he said.

    Thompson Wins Women's 100m Gold, Fraser-Pryce Finishes Third

    In tennis , Monica Puig hopes her landmark Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico will be an inspiration for Latin American women. Given the duo's personal bests over 800m, that equated to Thiam getting around within 9.47sec of Ennis-Hill to claim victory.
  • Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

    Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

    Most were now in good condition, except one man who had to be resuscitated at the scene and remained in hospital, he said. A hunting warden first found the herd Friday, during an inspection of the area, which is in the country's central region.
    Iraq requests new Saudi envoy after assassination remarks

    Iraq requests new Saudi envoy after assassination remarks

    Iraq's Shia community was angered by Saudi Arabia's execution in January of dissident Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi Arabia reopened its Baghdad embassy in December 2015, having cut ties following Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
    Amit Shah inaugurates BJP CM's meet

    Amit Shah inaugurates BJP CM's meet

    Sources told IANS that the day long interaction will conclude with the Prime Minister's speech. All the BJP CMs except Vasundhara Raje attended the meeting.