Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG

Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG

Ankara meanwhile views it and the PKK as terrorist groups. If Abu al-Duhur falls, the resistance-controlled Idlib province shall be cut in half, and its eastern more arid part could soon be fully captured by al-Assad's supporters, while its western half could end up under an increasingly severe siege.

On Jan. 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the main disagreements between Turkey and the United States are related to the fact that Washington is arming the Syrian wings of the PKK - PYD and YPG - and has not yet fulfilled Ankara's demand on extradition of the leader of FETO terrorist organization.

The de-escalation zones were set up last September in an effort to scale back the conflict.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had warned Russian Federation and Iran to adhere to their joint accord signed with Turkey past year for announcing "de-escalation zone" in Syrian town Idlib.

While the USA views the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against Islamic State (IS) extremists, Ankara calls it a "terrorist" organisation linked to outlawed Kurdish militants in Turkey.

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Earlier Russia's Ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were summoned to the ministry for the same reason.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, is seen by the U.S. as the most effective ground partner for the US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria.

Rebels launched a counter-attack on Thursday.

The three countries had agreed past year to establish a "de-escalation zone" in the opposition-held Idlib province and surrounding region, which borders Turkey. According to the report, the Russian Army General Staff sent a warning letter to the Turkish Army Chief of Staff, Hulusi Akar, as well as to the Turkish Intelligence Services Chief (MIT), Hakan Fidan, and urges them to take immediate care regarding security in the region.

However, Syrian regime forces, with Russian backing have stepped up attacks trying to regain control of the area controlled by the rebels.

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