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US Support to Syrian Kurd Fighters Angers Turkey

ANKARA: Turkey has summoned top US diplomat to express its grave reservations about the former’s support to Kurd fighters in Syria.

Turkey’s state news Anadolu said late Wednesday that US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Philip Kosnett was summoned to express Ankara’s discomfort. No further details were offered.

After the departure of Ambassador John Bass in December 2017, Kosnett is the most senior US diplomat in Ankara.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) is the armed wing of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). The US considers PYD as their most effective ground partner US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria.

The US provides YPG with training and arms to fight ISIL. However, Turkey is unpleased with the move as it considers the Kurdish forces to be a “terrorist group” and a threat to its security.

Ankara says YPG fighters are linked to Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, who have waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

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