Erdogan urges US to 'immediately' reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds

Erdogan urges US to 'immediately' reverse decision on arming Syrian KurdsPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the United States to reverse a decision on arming Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers terrorists, saying he would raise the issue in talks with Donald Trump next week. The Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militia applauded a “historic” move that would speed up the defeat of Islamic State (IS) extremists but the issue risks stoking tensions between the two NATO allies ahead of Erdogan’s critical visit to Washington. The YPG is seen by Washington as the best ally against Islamic State group jihadists in Syria and the prime attacking force in any upcoming assault on their stronghold of Raqa.



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