29 January 2023
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    Sticking points between Syria and Turkey / Michael JansenSunday 1 January 2023

    Sticking points between Syria and Turkey / Michael Jansen

    Last week’s meeting in Moscow of the Syrian and Turkish defense ministers appears to have led to the suspension of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to mount a major military operation against US-sponsored Syrian Kurdish forces engaged in the fight against Daesh. Erdogan regards the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as offshoots of Turkey's Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) which has staged an insurgency since 1984.  He blames the YPG for the November 15th bombing which killed six and injured 81 in a pedestrianized market in central Istanbul. The YPG has flatly rejected this charge.

    Anti-ISIS coalition underlines supporting Syrian Kurdish forcesThursday 22 December 2022

    Anti-ISIS coalition underlines supporting Syrian Kurdish forces

    The commander of the anti-ISIS coalition stated that the purpose of the joint meeting with the commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Patriotic Union Party (PUK) was to announce support for the Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against the ISIS.