Sunday, September 18, 2016

What is the ‘exit strategy' for US from cooperation with the YPG?

Kılıç Buğra Kanat, "What is the ‘exit strategy' for US from cooperation with the YPG?"

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The U.S. Embassy's statement about the re-appointment of mayors in Turkey has generated a major debate in regards to relations between Turkey and the U.S. For a long time, Turkish-American relations analysts have been trying their best to underline the serious ramifications for Turkey of U.S. military assistance to the People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. In a period when the PKK ended the cease-fire and started attacking Turkish security forces and conducting bloody terrorist attacks in city centers, relations between the YPG [see - JB] and the U.S. have become more important. Statements by U.S. officials in regards to their warning to the YPG about not attacking Turkey are not satisfactory when U.S. officials conducted the most significant public diplomacy blunders by tweeting extra friendly pictures with PKK/YPG members wearing YPG armbands. Statements by U.S. officials were further lost in translation after the YPG's overambitious attempts to expand its territories in northern Syria and the PKK's increasing terrorist attacks in Turkey. ...

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