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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2018 10:27 p.m. PST

"The U.S. and Turkey have offered conflicting statements as to whether Washington had agreed to allow Ankara to expand its war against Kurdish fighters operating alongside U.S. Special Forces in Syria. Meanwhile, new Turkish airstrikes targeted other Kurdish fighters in Iraq on Wednesday, signaling a new phase of conflict in two nations still reeling from being partially overtaken by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, initially told Al Jazeera on Monday that his government had reached a general agreement with the U.S., one that would allow Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies to expand an offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters across northern Syria. The U.S. has trained and equipped a number of these Kurdish groups, including the People's Protection Units (YPG), in order to fight ISIS as part of the larger Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces…"


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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2018 11:15 p.m. PST

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, initially told Al Jazeera on Monday that his government had reached a general agreement with the U.S., one that would allow Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies to expand an offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters across northern Syria."

A general agreement with the US for this? Please tell me that isn't so!

Dan

paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

Totally agree, if our military said OK I'm disappointed. Erdogan is wanting much more than just the Kurds.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

Hope not!!!

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PMC31724 Mar 2018 3:25 a.m. PST

For pity's sake. The Turks need to be told to back off, not given a bloody green light. Frankly they need to be booted out of NATO and whacked with a metric &"*£-tonne of embargos and sanctions.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2018 11:48 a.m. PST

Well, to be fair, that's just the initial version of events coming from Erdogan.

I have yet to find anything anywhere else about the US giving the Turks a green light to fight the Kurds.

"The U.S. and Turkey have offered conflicting statements as to whether Washington had agreed to allow Ankara to expand its war against Kurdish fighters"

"State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Tuesday, ‘That's funny, because no agreement has been reached.'"

Apparently there's an "understanding" about the pulling back of US units in the face of a Turkish advance. But I don't see anything about a "green light" to hunt down Kurds.

That's just Erdogan trying to sound like he is working within some sort of international coalition framework, which he isn't. He's only there to destroy our Kurdish allies, who did most of the work in the ISIS war, and to exploit the current chaos to acquire territories and other assets for Turkey.

Dan

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