Turkey demands answers over USA training of Kurds

  • Turkey demands answers over USA training of Kurds

Turkey demands answers over USA training of Kurds

Assad has defeated rebels in many parts of western Syria with critical help from Russian Federation and Iran. Turkey, which guaranteed Idlib as a so-called "de-escalation zone, or a safe haven for the Syrian opposition, has protested the offensive on Abu al-Duhur and the mass bombardments".

The Turkish FM also said Russian Federation and Iran, as guarantors for peaceful settlement, should fulfill their commitments and "stop Assad regime" which, according to the Turkish side, violates the security regime in Syria's Idlib.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, is seen by the United States as the most effective ground partner for the US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria.

Ankara has also summoned ambassadors of Russian Federation and Iran for expressing displeasure on Damascus attacks in Idlib.

Turkey has been fiercely opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country's six-year-old civil war but has recently been working with his allies Russian Federation and Iran for a political resolution to the conflict.

While the U.S. views the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against Islamic State (IS) extremists, Ankara calls it a "terrorist" organisation linked to outlawed Kurdish militants in Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also in the past called the USA arming of the YPG "a mistake".

Rebels launched a counter-attack on Thursday. Military equipment is being deployed in Turkey's south-central province of Kilis, which borders Syrian territories controlled by the YPG and the PYD.

The home-made drones reportedly had Global Positioning System homing devices and altitude-meters to guide them to the Russian bases. "Careful operations should be carried out with intelligence from the ground or with technology".

Turkey-US relations strained over the latter's support for the PKK/PYD terror group's presence and arming of the group in the region.

Apparently attempting to push back the Russia-led air offensive, the Syrian rebels hit the Hmeymim airbase with mortar fire on December 31, 2017, while the Russians stationed there were busy celebrating the New Year.