USA says no military support for Kurdish YPG in Afrin

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This will keep Syria divided forever, leaving the Kurds fully dependent on US aid in the wake of increased regional tensions, while the USA gets another foothold for its West Asian geopolitical manoeuvring.

But Cavusoglu said in television interviews on Thursday that Tillerson's backtracking was "not satisfying".

Reports of the planned new force provoked an outcry in Turkey, whose leaders have long accused the United States of enabling terrorism by supporting the Kurds in Syria.

On Monday, with relations between the United States and Turkey stretched close to breaking point, Erdogan threatened to "strangle" the planned USA -backed force in Syria "before it's even born". Their presence now appears to be evolving into a wider regional policy aimed, among its goals, at fulfilling the Trump administration's promises to get tough on Iran.

"The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria, focused on ensuring that ISIS can not re-emerge", Tillerson said, using an abbreviation for the Islamic State group. "It is also essential so that IS can not reemerge in liberated and ungoverned areas", the Pentagon said.

The state of emergency has also paved the way for the arrest of other government opponents, including activists, journalists and politicians and the closure of media and non-governmental organizations over alleged links to extremist groups. It said however that the alliance did not have a presence on the ground in Syria and that the matter was an issue for the USA -led anti-IS coalition, which includes dozens of countries. Then the USA shifted its focus to defeating the IS and establishing its influence in the country. "I am referring principally to Iran", he said.

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According to the political observer, "only Syria, Russia and Iran can choke the Turkish-US-SDF forces in the north and the east". Through its position in Syria, Iran is in a stronger position to extend its track record of attacking US interests, allies and personnel in the region.

From 2003 to 2008, the US government consistently said that USA troops would not leave Iraq until conditions on the ground allowed doing so.

"What we should do is focus on ISIS". "However, it is vital for the United States to remain engaged in Syria". But a decision by Washington to back Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State in recent years has angered Ankara.

Ocalan is the head of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which is fighting a guerrilla insurgency against Turkey and is closely allied with the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG in Syria.

Turkey reacted sharply to the US-led global coalition to fight ISIS announcing that they are working on forming a border security force made up of 30,000 men in eastern Syria.

"We acknowledge Turkey's concerns regarding these [Border] Security Forces being trained".

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Cavusoglu's warning comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to "choke" the 30,000-strong Syrian Border Security Force (BSF).

"Operating under recognized global authorities, the US military will continue to support local partner forces in Syria to stabilize liberated territory", said Marine Maj.

Turkey considers elements of the Syrian forces that the USA backs to be part of the PKK, a Kurdish organization widely considered to be a terrorist group. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, told Turkey's state-owned Anadolu Agency, in comments he confirmed in an email Wednesday.

He said that Turkey may expand its operations after Afrin has been cleared. It would seem now that the United States would not intervene on behalf of the YPG in the Afrin region, along the southern border of Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said relations between Turkey and the U.S. would be "irreversibly harmed" if Washington moves to form a 30,000-strong army in the north of Syria.

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