Washington seems to have come to terms with Ankara on the removal of PKK's Syrian branch, the YPG, from Manbij by agreeing to patrols nearby. But it also cooperates closely with the terror group in the eastern parts of the Euphrates River.
Ankara and Washington had agreed to a roadmap on June 4th for the withdrawal of the YPG terror group from Syria's Manbij and for US and Turkish forces to carry out patrols in line with the agreed-upon deal.
The Turkish government says its military is set to launch a ground offensive against the PKK terrorist organisation in Iraq. Ankara says a full-fledged operation could start at any time.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says once the Manbij model is completed, similar models will be applied to other areas of Syria that are under the occupation of PKK-linked YPG militants.
After meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the bilateral roadmap aims to clear Manbij from terrorists and ensure the security and stability of the city.
Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem says that apart from Daesh and rebels, the US needs to withdraw from a strategic base in the southwest of the country.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s visit to Washington on June 4 is expected to be a turning point for the relations between both countries as it stands as a hope to solve the problems regarding Syria on the US support for the YPG.
Weeks after President Trump suggested that the US forces should pull out of Syria and be replaced with an Arab army, Saudi Arabian military officials met with an Arab faction of the YPG-dominated SDF for talks regarding a new force.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the United States, as a country fighting terrorism, is contradicting itself by cooperating with terrorists.
President Donald Trump in March froze more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria while his administration reassesses Washington's role in the Syrian conflict.
The regime continues to pound opposition and rebel-held areas in Syria, and Idlib is expected to be the site of the next big assault. However, unlike the previous battles, Turkish troops' presence in Idlib may complicate matters.
Turkey carries out military operations in Syria and uses arms and weapons that it manufactures domestically. Technological progress in Turkey's defence industry is helping the nation become a major exporter in the region.
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