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    Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

    Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks


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    11/7/19
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Russia on Thursday of failing to fulfill their part of a deal for Kurdish militia to leave a Syrian region bordering Turkey, and said he would raise this with President Donald Trump next week. Turkey launched an offensive across its border with Syrian rebels a month ago, seeking to push out Kurdish YPG fighters it sees as a threat to its security. After seizing control of a 120-km (75-mile) swathe of territory, Ankara reached a deal with the United States to keep the Kurdish militia out of that area. Erdogan is set to discuss implementation in talks with Trump in Washington on Nov. 13. Turkish officials confirmed on Wednesday that the visit would go ahead, after a phone call between the leaders. “While we hold these talks, those who promised us that the YPG... would withdraw from here within 120 hours have not achieved this,” Erdogan said ahead of a visit to Hungary, referring to a deadline set in last month’s agreement. Turkish officials said earlier this week that Erdogan might call off the U.S. visit in protest at votes in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on Turkey.

    A senior U.S. State Department official said late on Wednesday there has been fighting in the area southeast of the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain. It “is somewhat in dispute” whether the area is covered by the U.S. or Russian deals, the official said. “The YPG and all armed forces have certainly withdrawn from the vast majority of our area,” the official said. “Erdogan is never all that specific in his broadside attacks on us or anybody else.” Under the two bilateral deals, Ankara stopped its offensive in return for the withdrawal of the YPG fighters. Turkish and Russian soldiers have so far held two joint patrols near the border to monitor implementation of their agreement. Ankara began its offensive after Trump announced an abrupt withdrawal of 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria in early October. The U.S. president has since said that some troops will continue to operate there.
    Seems Erdogan is not satiated with the ~500 Syrian Kurds killed by his forces since early October. He wants more bodies.

    He is also setting the table to wring more concessions from a Donald Trump who has a soft spot in his heart for murderous dictators.

    Erdogan will be in D.C. on November 13. I hope US protesters turn out by the thousands.


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    Re: Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

    What on earth makes Erdogan think the US is responsible for making sure that Assad keeps his promises?

    The Kurds made a deal with Assad and Putin...not with the US. Assad made their own deal with Erdogan which removed the US from the picture.

    shrug...

    Sure, Erdogan will cry to Trump. Trump will tell him...nicely, of course...to pound sand.
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    Re: Erdogan says U.S. not fulfilling Syria promises, ahead of Trump talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Sure, Erdogan will cry to Trump. Trump will tell him...nicely, of course...to pound sand.
    Captain Betrayal should have told Erdogan to pound sand in their early October phone call instead of giving him the green light to invade the Syrian homeland of our ally.


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