As Erdogan visits Trump, much friction between US and Turkey

US-backed fighters said Friday they were preparing for a final assault on the IS-held Raqa

US-backed fighters said Friday they were preparing for a final assault on the IS-held Raqa

Erdogan will tell Trump that backing a Kurdish force to retake Arab territory held by Islamic State will sow future crises, and that other forces in the region including Kurdish Iraqi leaders also oppose the YPG, the Turkish official said. The United States, the European Union and Turkey all agree the YPG is a terrorist organization. Moreover, the expert is sure that at the moment the Kurds in Syria, unlike the Peshmerga in Iraq, do not plan any hostilities or subversive activity against Turkey.

If Erdogan fails to solve at least one of these two vital for Turkey's national security issues at the meeting with Trump, it will become another round of strengthening anti-Americanism in Turkish society.

Erdogan's visit comes amid rising tensions with Turkey.

The U.S. policy in Syria is quite clear: As I wrote time and again, Washington demands Turkey to treat the YPG as a legitimate player.

The U.S. sees the Syrian Kurds as the only force capable of quickly capturing Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria.

Asked if Turkey would continue to bomb the YPG in Syria if the group is armed by the U.S., Yildirim was succinct.

Turkish officials repeatedly spoke of a "new page" in relations after the bickering under Obama but the Trump administration's announcement that the U.S. would arm the Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) cast a heavy shadow over such optimism.

Will the election of Trump, the appointment of Sessions as attorney general, and the desire of some in the foreign policy community to placate Erdogan as we provide more assistance to the YPG lead to Gulen's extradition even if the evidence for such remains weak?

Erdogan said he would bring up his concerns with Trump and called on Washington to immediately reverse the decision, indicating Turkey was still interested in a joint operation to oust the jihadists from their bastion of Raqa so long as it does not include the YPG. Bozdağ presented new evidence supporting the accusation that Gülen was involved in the attempted takeover as the process between Turkish and USA judicial authorities continues in terms of procedure.

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"Now we will conduct the final talks", Erdogan said.

The United States seems to be on a collision course with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey. The Islamic State-linked Aamaq news agency said the attack killed nine troops and left a Russian T-72 tank destroyed.

The SDF is dominated by the Kurdish People s Protection Units (YPG), seen by the United States as an indispensable ally in the fight against IS but considered a "terrorist group" by Turkey.

"They say it's a very hard decision. they don't have any other alternatives, so on and so forth", the senior Turkish official said. They told us there was a requirement.

"Put yourself in the shoes of the Turkish president", the official said. These are terrorist organizations.

Yildirim said US officials told Turkey they can extend various cooperation to combat the PKK, such as intelligence-sharing and monitoring financial resources.

Turkish leaders have voiced fears that any heavy weaponry used by the SDF against extremists at Raqqa will eventually fall into the hands of PKK fighters, who have battled the Turkish government for an autonomous homeland in Turkey's southeast for more than three decades. "The United States is trying to substitute a threat, which is against the West's interests, with a threat against Turkey".

Also Friday, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said that although the USA has no indication of structural problems with the Tabqa dam, it is sending a "dam assessment team" to assess its condition "and ensure it continues operating".

The official said Turkey would leave open its options to attack the YPG itself - as it did when Turkish warplanes last month struck YPG and PKK positions on the border, killing 20 YPG fighters only miles from U.S. Special Operations forces and almost causing an open breach with the Pentagon.

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