The top soldiers of Turkey, the United States and Russia came together in Antalya in a first of its kind tripartite summit, the Turkish military has stated highlighting developments in Syria and Iraq as top issues of the agenda in order to discuss deconfliction between their forces and allies on the ground in Syria.
Reuters reported earlier tonight, the 7th of March that the United States appears to have decided to enlist the help of Kurdish YPG militia in a campaign to push Islamic State out of its stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, thwarting Turkey’s ambitions, a senior Turkish official said this Tuesday. The meeting of top generals came ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s two-day visit to Moscow, which is expected to start on Thursday, according to Anadolu Agency. The chiefs of staff of the three countries are discussing how they can ensure good coordination in fighting terrorism in the region, the Turkish prime minister stated.
Turkey views the YPG and its political affiliate the PYD as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is waging an insurgency against the Turkish government. US has supported the SDF as a proxy force on the ground against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) independent of the Syrian Army, which is supported by Russia and Iran. Continue reading Top military chiefs from Turkey, US, Russia came together in Antalya for talks