In a visit Tuesday with US special representative for Syria James Jeffrey, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar demanded that all Kurdish militants factions leave Syria immediately and permanently.
This is roughly in keeping with Turkey’s general hostility toward Kurds in general, and the YPG in particular. They have never before explicitly called for the Kurdish factions to “abandon” Syria entirely, however, and it’s not clear where they’d conceivably go.
The timing is also strange, as Turkish officials have been exclusively focused on Idlib Province lately, not the Kurds, and the meeting with Jeffrey was supposed to be a chance for Turkey to push the US to intervene in Idlib to save Turkish-backed Islamist rebels.
Turkey has been pushing for the US to distance itself from the Kurds, especially the YPG, throughout the Syrian War. With the YPG controlled substantially all of Syria’s northeast, there is no realistic possibility they’ll leave the country outright.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Russian DM: Israeli Warplanes Caused Shoot-down of Russian Plane Near Syria; 15 Troops Killed - September 18th, 2018
- Taliban Kill at Least 27 Security Forces in Attacks Across Afghanistan - September 17th, 2018
- Iraq to Deploy More Troops to Turkey Border - September 17th, 2018
- North and South Korea Push to End Korean War, but U.S. Opposes - September 17th, 2018
- US Air Force Pushes for Massive Increase in Spending - September 17th, 2018