Kurdish leader: We're America's best friend in Syria; Turkey bombed us anyway

Cheryl Sanders
May 3, 2017

Mr Erdogan is due to meet president Donald Trump on May 16 in the U.S., the two men's first face-to-face summit since the American leader took office in January.

It should be mentioned that in the morning, April 25 the Turkish Air Force struck the positions of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Karachok mountain region in north-eastern Syria.

Social media went abuzz Friday with videos of USA and Syrian Kurdish forces jointly patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border.

"We ask both of our partners to focus their efforts on ISIS".

The US-YPG cooperation began under the Obama administration, and while Mr Trump said he would rethink the relationship when he took office, little has changed.

Erdogan said he would present Trump at their meeting next month with "documents" proving YPG's links to the PKK, which is designated a "terrorist" group by Ankara and Washington. "From the Canton of Efrin to Cindirês, and further to Dirbesiyê of the Cezire Canton, many points of our forces were attacked by the Turkish army", the YPG said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was asked by Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu about the border patrol, and said Turkey is "seriously concerned to see USA flags in a convoy that has YPG rags on it".

This Friday, April 28, 2017 still taken from video, shows US forces patrolling on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, in northern Syria.

Kurdish forces appeared to be dissatisfied with the American reaction to the incident, as YPG spokeswoman Nesrin Abdullah criticized the U.S. and warned that the Kurdish militia could withdraw their forces from Raqqa if this incident is not addressed.

Journalist Mohammed Hassan, who published some of the images, did not provide the exact location where they were taken, saying only that United States troops were spotted between Rojava and Turkey. "The YPG, and you know who's supporting them, is attacking us with mortars". (That's according to US officials, by the way.) Yet Turkey does nothing.

The US has reportedly sent troops to the border between Turkey and the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Syria, in an apparent response to a spate of Turkish assaults on Kurdish targets.

The YPG forms the backbone of the U.S-backed Syria Democratic Forces and is Washington's ally in the fight against IS on the ground in Syria.

US forces have begun patrolling part of the Turkey-Syria border after Turkish airstrikes in the area killed fighters closely allied to the United States.

Khalil said that his forces were not building up in the area.

Erdogan said the sight of American flags in the convoy alongside YPG insignia had "seriously saddened" Turkey.

The U.S. wish to use Kurdish units in their own interests is not surprising.

Washington, on the other hand, views the YPG as a main ally in the war on ISIS jihadists.

Tensions escalated this week with cross-border clashes between Turkish forces and the YPG near the Syrian border. Rights groups and some Western allies believe the country, a NATO- member and European Union candidate, is now closer to one-man rule.

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