Turkey summons U.S. diplomat for supporting Syrian Kurd group

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Citing an anonymous diplomatic source, Anadolu news agency said that US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Philip Kosnett was summoned on Wednesday, without offering any further details.

Turkey on Wednesday summoned a top United States diplomat in Ankara to protest Washington's support of a Kurdish militia in Syria, sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, the latest in a long-standing disagreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkey on Tuesday called the Russian and Iranian ambassadors to its ministry of foreign affairs to ask the envoys to urge the Syrian government in Damascus to end the border violations in the Idlib de-escalation zone.


The YPG is supported by USA with arms and training which angers Turkey.

Ankara says YPG fighters are linked to Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, who have waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

"Iran and Russian Federation need to carry out their responsibilities". Ankara considers the regime offensive, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, aims to recover more territory from the rebels. Daesh (IS) terrorists were moved from different parts of the country to Idlib under certain understandings.


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu alleged earlier that Syria's government forces had been delivering strikes on the units of the so-called opposition in the Idlib province "under the guise of fighting terrorists".

Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area.


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