Ankara: Turkey on Friday asked the America to scrap observation posts in northern Syrian Arab Republic aimed toward serving to forestall clashes between Turkish forces and a Kurdish militia backed by Washington.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar created the demand throughout a gathering with James Jeffrey, the America Special Envoy to Syrian Arab Republic, his ministry same in a very statement.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had same that Washington needed the observation posts to assist minimise tensions between Turkish forces and Washington’s Kurdish allies, together with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that Turkish capital regards as a “terrorist offshoot” of the illicit Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Akar conjointly asked Jeffrey to prevent the yank collaboration with the YPG.
Syria’s long-oppressed Kurdish minority has established a semi-autonomous region within the north of the country, that has been wracked by conflict since 2011.
Turkey refuses to recognise the territory on its border, fearing it’ll tend the separatist ambitions of Kurds in its own country.
Ankara has administered 2 operations against Kurdish forces since 2016, the last against the border dominion of Afrin, that it appropriated in March and is currently controlled by pro-Turkish Syrian rebels.(FA9NEWS)