Afrin, Support of Kurdish Militias to Headline US-Turkish Talks

Turkey questions seriousness of US in anti-terror fight

Turkey questions seriousness of US in anti-terror fight

"Come on, get out", the Turkish leader said Wednesday, taking direct aim at American military support for Syrian Kurdish paramilitary forces Ankara claims are directly linked to Kurdish terrorist organizations.

Diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the United States proposal to establish a 30 km deep security zone into Syrian territory on Turkey's border would be discussed, pointing out that Turkey first wants to ensure getting a clear position out of the USA on the issue of stopping support to Kurdish units. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also scheduled to visit Turkey later this week, and is expected to encounter Turkish officials amid tensions in ties, according to senior U.S. officials who briefed the media last Friday.

"The reason for that missing trust is the US", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News.

The two men evaluated regional developments, factors that have damaged relations between the allies and developing ways of combating terrorism, a Turkish presidential source said, but provided no further details.


On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and ISIL terrorists from Afrin.

Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" on January 20 to clear its borders of YPG militants, and has since increased its tone of criticism against the US.

F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force are involved in the operation, inflicting strikes on the positions of PYD/YPG on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.

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