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Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Syria

12 January 2018

Ankara meanwhile views it and the PKK as terrorist groups.

Both the US and Turkish interventions in Syria, however, have been dwarfed by that of Assad supporters Russian Federation and Iran.

Relations between Turkey and the United States were harmed by Washington's refusal to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen and its provision of arms to the Kurdish militant YPG, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

The Turkish government said the Idlib offensive was endangering the effort to reach a resolution of the conflict and accused the Syrian government of using the pretext of fighting militants to wage a wide scale attack. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also called out Russian Federation and Iran to stick to the joint accord they signed with Turkey previous year agreeing on a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib which were set up to scale back the conflict. "Iran and Russian Federation", warned Cavusoglu, "need to carry out their responsibilities".

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The People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, is seen by the U.S. as the most effective ground partner for the US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria.

Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib. This is also the reason for Vladimir Putin's telephone conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The reports say that Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation were trying to regain control of areas controlled by Daesh and other rebel groups. Military equipment is being deployed in Turkey's south-central province of Kilis, which borders Syrian territories controlled by the YPG and the PYD. In the attack, the rebels apparently struck an officially undisclosed number of aircraft sitting on the tarmac, killing two helicopter pilots and wounding several more service personnel. The immediate trigger appears to be the series of mysterious drone attacks on Russian military bases in Syria's Latakia province since the start of the year. Turkey entered the war in Syria on the U.S.'s side, but has grown increasingly distant over US support for Kurdish militants.

Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Syria