Secretary of State, Pompeo, held a bilateral meeting in Brussels to talk about current political rifts between Ankara and Washington, specifically to discuss how both sides can work towards overcoming the issue of PKK/YPG presence in Manbij.
The ongoing Astana process, Turkey’s fight against the PKK, and the current political rift between Ankara and Washington over the issue of the PKK-YPG are forcing Ankara to take a more comprehensive strategy regarding the Syrian crisis.
It is important to investigate the implications of Trump’s unsettled withdrawal decision for Turkey, and evaluate this new development in relation to the Ankara-Washington disagreement over the issue of American support for the YPG.
In recent years the YPG, the Syrian branch of the internationally recognized terror organization PKK, has increased its activity emanating from Syria since they took advantage of the Civil War and occupied the northern regions in 2012.
Ironically, the Obama administration had refused to intervene in Syria early in the conflict until the emergence of Daesh, to which it responded with a policy of supporting “local partners” such as the YPG in northern Syria.
continues to support the PKK-linked YPG in northern Syria while EU members harbor suspects connected to a coup attempt in July 2016 to forcibly oust Turkey’s democratically elected government, Turkey may align itself with Russia.
In the anti-Daesh coalition efforts, the administration allowed CENTCOM to take the lead and continued the policy of allying with “local partners” (YPG) to defeat Daesh, resulting in tensions with NATO ally Turkey.