On the contrary, one week before Erdogan's visit to Washington, Trump has given his authorization for the direct arming of the YPG fighters in an apparent message that Pentagon will continue cooperating with local Kurdish fighters as US proxy on the ground for upcoming Raqqa offensive.
The announcement of the US President Donald Trump's decision a week before the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Washington is not a stab in the back of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, a member of the coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq - Turkey, but rather a spit in the face of its charismatic leader.
"The Turks see this as a crisis in the relationship", said Jonathan Schanzer at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
On Tuesday, May 9, the Pentagon's chief spokeswoman Dana White said that yesterday, US President Donald Trump had authorized the Pentagon to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqqa.
His administration is arming Syrian Kurdish fighters as part of an effort to recapture the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group's self-declared capital.
U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, said approximately 70 Islamic State fighters had conceded to the SDF's terms, which included dismantling bombs surrounding the dam, surrendering their heavy weapons and withdrawing all remaining fighters from Tabqa. The fact is that Turkey considers both the Kurdish "Democratic Union Party" and its wings the Kurdish forces of People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), the members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as terrorist organizations, which in turn feed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (RKK) operating in Turkey.
The Turks fear any weapons the USA provides the Syrian Kurds could well end up with their ethnic brethren in Turkey, who've fought violently as part of a separatist insurgency for more than three decades. So, President Trump meets with Erdogan this week in the White House to work towards an agreement.
Angered by a US decision to arm Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington this week for talks with Donald Trump seeking either to change the president's mind or to "sort things out ourselves".
Citizens of Turkey voted Sunday by a thin margin to overhaul the country's political system, which could lead to a major consolidation of power for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey has demanded that Washington sever its cooperation with the YPG and extradite Fethullah Gülen, the self-exiled Islamic cleric who resides in Pennsylvania and whom the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the failed coup attempt of July 2016.
But Trump was also criticized because worldwide monitors claimed it wasn't really a fair election to begin with. His willingness to partner with authoritarian rulers and overlook their shortcomings on democracy and human rights have alarmed US lawmakers of both parties. That puts added pressure on him to get results.
Erdogan criticized the move before leaving Turkey, but in a more measured tone than his administration took last week when the news originally came out.
To make matters more complicated, many Americans may see a growing relationship with ErdoÄan as support for an authoritarian leader.
The U.S. supports Turkey against the PKK, but now considers ISIS the greater threat to U.S. national security, in part because the PKK does not seek to impose its ideology globally but seeks a unified independent homeland for all Kurds. His government has insisted it may attack Syrian Kurdish fighters again. The U.S. considers the YPG to be a separate organization, and as an effective fighting force against ISIS, too valuable an operational ally to exclude from the fight against ISIS.
Barack Aydin of the Washington-based Kurdish Policy Research Center, said the key ought to be a broader peace process between Erdogan's government and Kurdish opponents in Turkey, which would eliminate these problems.
"It will not be very easy to put relations back on track", Ozel said.
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