Let’s Fight ISIL, but Without Help of Any Kurds: Turkey to US

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Ankara is angered by Washington’s support for Kurdish fighters in Syria in the fight against [the so-called] Islamic State group [IS].

Turkey is offering to “join forces” with Washington for a special operation inside Syria on the condition that the United States does not include the latter’s closet ally against the Islamic State group: a Syrian Kurdish militia blacklisted by Ankara .

Such a coalition could “easily” head to [IS]’s de facto capital in Raqqa, said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“The subject we are discussing with the Americans is the closure of the Manbij pocket as soon as possible … and the opening of a second front,” Cavusoglu said, referring to a backdoor border route favored by IS for smuggling jihadists in and out of Syria.

“Unfortunately, both Russia and the United States see a terrorist organisation as a partner and support it.”

There was no immediate reaction to the proposal from the United States, whose strategy for fighting jihadists inside Syria is pinned on its Kurdish-Arab alliance, the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The SDF is still dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which Turkey sees as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has fought a three decade insurgency against the Turkish state. Some experts believe the U.S. pushed for the creation of the SDF to get around the appearance of arming a group aligned with the PKK, which the U.S. State Department labels a terrorist organization.

Cavusoglu said Syrian Arab opposition forces opposing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad could be backed by special forces from Turkey, the United States as well as France, Britain and Germany.

Via TeleSur

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Related video added by Juan Cole:

Aljazeera English: “Inside Story – How will Ankara and Washington heal their rift?”

5 Responses

  1. “Cavusoglu said Syrian Arab opposition forces opposing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad could be backed by special forces from Turkey, the United States as well as France, Britain and Germany.”

    Not practically, not with the opposition dominated by al-Qaeda and Taliban clones. US spec ops in Idlib would end up prisoners of JN quickly enough.

  2. He’s right. The US does see the terrorist group controlling Turkey as an ally. Quite inexplicably, and support for its projects of extending Sunni hegemony and a neo-Ottoman order needs to end.

  3. “Cavusoglu said Syrian Arab opposition forces opposing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad could be backed by special forces from Turkey, the United States as well as France, Britain and Germany.”

    Sooooooo, he is talking about Turkish and US soldiers actually joining the fighting against the Syrian Arab Army.

    After all, what else could “forces opposing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad” mean other than: US and Turkish troops joining them in a fight against Assad?

    Has he stopped to think that if:
    a) the Turks and Americans send troops to attack Syria
    then
    b) the Russians might just send troops in to oppose them.

    Because he does appear to be forgetting a cardinal rule of warfare: the other side also gets a vote.

  4. From the 1 June Hurriyet Daily News:
    U.S. officials demanded that Turkey stop the shelling for a while to allow drones to do reconnaissance flights over the region. Such demands happen during operations and a short break was taken. However, a drone reconnaissance flight which takes an hour-and-a-half on average took more than five hours that day. This situation disturbed Turkey. It was assessed that the U.S. protected the YPG during the break and provided them with the time they needed to safely withdraw without any losses.

    Despite this, we did not disregard the fact that the U.S. was the top country which understood us in our fight against the PKK. But we have come to the point, as President Erdo─čan has said, when we take matters into our own hands. These words are not a complaint or a threat. On the contrary, they are an expression of preparation.

    There is a two-phase preparation. The first stage is to destroy YPG and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets inside Syria if suicide bomb attacks continue, paying no mind to what the international coalition says.

    — Abdulkadir Selvi, “New Codes in the Fight Against Terror”

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