Turkish government spokesman Ibrahim Kalin today warned the international community that they must not allow the Kurdish YPG to play any role in the invasion of the ISIS capital city of Raqqa if they want Turkey to be involved in the push.
Kalin said negotiations on the offensive are still ongoing, but said that cooperation between Turkey and the Kurds was “out of the question,” and that they would absolutely not play a role in the offensive if the Kurds are present in any form.
This is likely to be a major stumbling block in having such an offensive, since the US troops in the area are embedded almost exclusively with the Kurdish forces, and if the Kurds are cut out of the offensive it will boil down to Turkey and a few dozen US troops doing all the fighting.
The opposite possibility, the US attacking Raqqa with the Kurds but without Turkey, could be problematic too, as Turkey has warned they won’t accept any offensive in which the Kurds play a major role, and won’t accept the Kurds ending up with more territory in the fight.
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