Erdogan: Turkey Takes Part in Raqqa operations If YPG Exluded

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 13 April, 2017
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ElDorar AlShamia:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his country's readiness to participate in the upcoming military campaign on the city of Raqqa, the stronghold of IS organization in northeastern Syria, on condition of excluding the units of protection of the Kurdish people YPG.

Erdogan said that his country will participate in the upcoming military operation against the organization of IS  in the province of Raqqa, provided that the YPG is not involved in the process because "Turkey believes that it is wrong to destroy a terrorist organization by another terrorist organization, based on the principle that all terrorist organizations Bad ".

Turkey classifies YPG militia as a Syrian arm of the PKK, which is classified as a terrorist organization in Ankara, Washington and the European Union. Turkey calls on the West to stop supporting it.

The United States has chosen the militia

This is not the first time that Turkey has made this proposal, but the United States appears determined to ally itself with the YPG militia instead of relying on Turkey and the Free Syrian Army, as the militia continues to advance in the countryside of Raqqa with air and ground support from the international coalition as the Kurdish militia has tightened grip on the city ofTabqa in the western countryside of Raqqa.

The spokesman for the coalition forces, US Colonel John Durian said that the militias of "Syrian Democratic Forces" SDF (forming the YPG), is to ensure the attack on Raqqa supported by the coalition.

Durian said that what he called the "Arab forces" within these militias would enter Raqqa, while taking into account the Turkish concerns, where Ankara calls for keeping the areas liberated from the organization of IS but under the control of the indigenous people, except those militias, are displaced and occupy their cities and villages.

Erdogan expressed his hope that "an agreement is reached between Washington and Moscow and the countries of the International Coalition, to launch a military campaign against the organization of IS in Raqqa, and the participation of Turkey on condition that the YPG militia not to involve."

Turkish Defense Minister to Washington

Turkish Defense Minister Vekri Eshiq will head to Washington on Thursday for a meeting with his US counterpart James Matiss, who will discuss several issues related to Syria.

Eshiq said he would discuss with Matiss the Syrian issue, the upcoming military operation against IS organization in its stronghold of Raqqa in northeastern Syria, and the situation in the city of Manbij, which is still controlled by the YPG.

Each of Russian and US forces deployed in the vicinity of Manbij countryside east Aleppo, after the Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army, as part of Operation "the Euphrates Shield" made progress o that Russian and Amirecan troops would prevent FSA forces from the expulsion of the Kurdish militia from the city.