Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trump To Turkey: We’re Taking Raqqa, And The Kurds Are Coming With US

President Donald Trump plans to smash the Islamic State’s final bastion in Syria, and he wants the Kurds’ help in doing so despite push back from Turkish allies.
Trump plans to inform Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of his controversial plan to retake Raqqa, ISIS’s de facto capital, when the Turkish leader visits Washington later this month, according to Foreign Policy magazine.
The administration’s move would help Trump accomplish his goal of finally defeating ISIS, but could also further alienate Turkey, a key NATO ally in the region. The main concern surrounds the use of Syrian Kurdish forces, specifically the YPG, in the offensive. YPG forces have ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist group by both the U.S. and Turkey.
The U.S. plan was originally developed by the Obama administration and involves arming the Syria Kurds in preparation for the attack, a decision that could raise concerns for the future of Turkish-Kurdish relations after ISIS is beaten. Trump is expected to OK the plan regardless, according to FP.
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