The Upcoming Meeting Between Trump And Erdo an Will Probably Be Tense

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

In this April 6, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., after the US fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria.

If Turkey does nothing more than watch the US -backed YPG get stronger in Northern Syria, it will face more serious threats in the future.

"If you want to move on Raqqa in the next few months - as opposed to doing it in a year, or never - the SDF is your only option".

YPG video footage on Thursday showed half a dozen fighters and youths dancing in Tabqa, and children calling out excitedly: "The dam has been liberated".

Approving a plan of sending arms to Kurdish rebels fighting ISIS, he aggravated the situation in the Middle East even more.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on 10 May liberated the city of Tabqa and the Tabqa Dam, a progress expiated to facilitate the liberation of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the ISIS self-proclaimed Caliphate.

According to Soder, the decision is not altogether new. If this operation is successfully carried out by the Syrian Kurds with the support of Western coalition forces, it will be their triumph. But this step is necessary in order for our forces to liberate Raqqa.

A USA defence official said earlier this week the equipment would include small arms, ammunition, machine guns, armoured vehicles and bulldozers. Bozdag reportedly told U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Turkey would no longer respond to U.S. extradition requests if the administration regarded evidence against Gulen presented by Turkey as insufficient. "We keep on explaining that it's not the only alternative, and they keep saying it's the only alternative". The opposition has suggested that Erdoğan should have canceled the meeting with Trump.

The Pentagon will supply Kurdish forces with heavy machine guns, armored cars, anti-tank weapons and mortars - supplies regarded as pivotal against an enemy that has fortified itself with trenches, booby traps, auto bombs and even tanks taken from Syrian army forces.

Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeastern Turkey for three decades, costing some 40,000 lives, a lot of them civilians.

"Naturally (Turkey) would have to consider the aftermath of closing the Incirlik base to (U.S.) use", said Soli Ozel, a lecturer at Turkey's Kadir Has university. "Every weapon seized by them is a threat to Turkey", Turkey Hurriyet News reported. He warned cryptically that Turkey, which has its own troops in Syria, has the authority to defend its interests in that country.

US and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warplanes need the use of the Turkish Air Force base at Incirlik to carry out operations in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State, and Turkey may feel so strongly about arming the YPG that it closes the base to foreign operations. And the weapons delivered to the YPG by Turkey's allies have been used against Turkish civilians and security forces in the past.

He cautioned, however, that Erdogan and his administration have "done things that made our mission more hard", referring to a recent widespread crackdown on human rights in Turkey in the wake of a failed coup, as well as Washington's refusal to immediately extradite a former Erdogan political ally accused of staging the upheaval. The U.S. sees the Syrian Kurds as their best battlefield partner on the ground in northern Syria.

The U.S., too, has a wish list for Turkey.

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