Turkey 'not satisfied' with United States assurance over Syria force

Turkey 'not satisfied' with United States assurance over Syria force

But a decision by Washington to back Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State in recent years has angered Ankara.

The French government said on January 4 that those detained in Kurdish-held areas of Syria - the vast majority of the cases - should be left there so long as they can be guaranteed a fair trial.

USA troops completed a withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, eight years after they toppled Saddam Hussein s rule, only to return in much lower numbers in 2014 to fight the Islamic State.

The U.S. will continue to work with Turkey and consider Ankara's concerns about the PKK terror group, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.

Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA and the European Union, the PKK has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years.

But a crisis unfolding on the Syria-Turkey border that threatens to embroil the USA military in a wider regional conflict underscored how hard it will be for the relatively small US presence in Syria to influence the outcome of the conflict there. The Defense Department's language is nearly word for word what the USA policy toward Iraq was during former President George W. Bush. As president, however, Trump has had to commit to an open-ended presence in Afghanistan and, now, Syria.

The development comes as tensions between the USA and Russian Federation in Syria remain high, and a power vaccum from ISIS's diminishing presence appears to have opened up. "We expect [them] to reverse the mistake as soon as possible", Akar said. "But that change will come", he said. "But it is essential".

Bashar al-Assad's army objects to any form of US presence in the country and will seek to put an end to it, Reuters reported, citing state media. In northeastern Syria, Kurds have carved out a semi-autonomous region.

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But it was not immediately clear how or why Moscow would heed Washington's oft-repeated demands.

"The Coalition remains focused on our support to the Syrian Democratic Forces in defeating remaining ISIS pockets in eastern Syria", Dillon said.

"It's full of holes like Swiss cheese, but before we just had the holes", said Jeffrey, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Their lawyers are arguing that Syria's Kurdish enclaves do not form a legally-recognised state entity and so "these women and children are being held in unauthorised detention".

Tillerson praised Turkey's role in taking on Islamic State.

The YPG appealed on Wednesday to world powers to stop a threatened Turkish attack on Afrin, as the USA reportedly said it had no ties with pro-Kurdish forces in the enclave.

The U.S. -led worldwide coalition against Daesh had said on Sunday that it would establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF - a group largely controlled and manned by the YPG.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to "drown this army of terror before it is born". According to published reports, the force would consist largely of Syrian Kurds affiliated with the People's Defense Units, or YPG, a group Turkey has long said has ties to insurgents inside Turkey who've been fighting for decades for autonomy for Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey.

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