Turkey summons United States charge d'affaires over Syria: Turkish sources

Turkey summons United States charge d'affaires over Syria: Turkish sources

Turkey's state-run media, the Anadolu news agency quoting government sources, said that US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Phillip Kosnett was summoned to the ministry. 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".

Earlier Russia's Ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were summoned to the ministry for the same reason. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told journalists, "Russia and Iran must fulfill their obligations and stop the pro-Assad offensive in Idlib province".

Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over Washington's policy of support for the YPG, which Ankara views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has waged an insurgency in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast for more than three decades.


The People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, is seen by the USA as the most effective ground partner for the US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria. In 2017, to prevent Turkish-backed forces from overtaking Manbij, the U.S. deployed its Special Forces in town, while a small Russian Special Operations team appeared in Afrin, apparently for the same reason-to keep the Turks at bay. A Syrian military source denied this and dismissed rebel talk of a counter attack as propaganda. Military equipment is being deployed in Turkey's south-central province of Kilis, which borders Syrian territories controlled by the YPG and the PYD. According to the report, the Russian Army General Staff sent a warning letter to the Turkish Army Chief of Staff, Hulusi Akar, as well as to the Turkish Intelligence Services Chief (MIT), Hakan Fidan, and urges them to take immediate care regarding security in the region.

The reports say that Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation were trying to regain control of areas controlled by Daesh and other rebel groups. Turkey entered the war in Syria on the U.S.'s side, but has grown increasingly distant over USA support for Kurdish militants.

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