ANKARA – Ankara and Washington agreed to the withdrawal of Syrian People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Syrian city of Manbij, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.
“Today, Cavusoglu and Pompeo [Foreign Ministers of Turkey and USA] agreed to a road map on the withdrawal of terrorists from the region during the meeting in Washington. The timing is a way to ensure security and the terms of withdrawal were established,” Bozdag told reporters, referring to the YPG, a Kurdish armed organization operating in northern Syria.
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“In our meeting with Secretary of State Pompeo, we discussed Turkey-US relations, Syrian affairs, including a road map on Manbij, and other regional issues.”
Ankara considers the YPG a “terrorist” group, while Washington considers these Kurdish forces as an important ally in the fight against the ISIS extremists in Syria.
Ankara considers the YPG to be the Syrian extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a terrorist organization that seeks greater autonomy or independence in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated eastern regions.
The main issue is that Washington considers the PKK a terrorist organization, but not the YPG, who they directly support with equipment and in advising. The YPG have been one of the most loyal subservient to Washing out of all terrorist groups operating in Syria despite claiming to a Marxist-Leninist inspired group and members are often wearing communist insignia and displaying Che Guevara flags.
Despite the rhetoric of being a communist organization, they directly coordinated and serve the United States, the greatest capitalist and imperialist power the world has ever seen.
Underlying all this is the reality that the US and Turkey are engage in horse trading over the status of sovereign Syrian land which is not legally under the authority of either country, nor Kurdish rebels.
This is a huge blow to the YPG that will see one of its major strongholds removed and their forcible withdrawal to the eastern side of the Euphrates River.