The US continues to mix signals in its approach to the TurkReich’s invasion of Afrin. On one hand, the US stresses that Turkey is their ally, not the Kurds, but then they continue to endorse Kurdsish efforts in other parts of Syria.
An endorsement of the Kurdish military commander heading up the Syrian Democratic Forces in Manbji by the US further confuses the overall message to the TurkReich.
From Ahval News
|US backs Kurdish general, prompting Turkish rebuke|
The Pentagon voiced its backing for a Kurdish military commander leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria’s Manbij, prompting a swift rebuke from Turkey.
Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters on Monday that “we (the United States) will continue to support General Mazloum and the local Syrian military in those liberated areas”.
But Mazloum, also known as General Mazloum Kobani and Ferhad Abdi Şahin, a Turkish name, has been on Turkey’s list of most-wanted terrorists since Oct. 28, 2015, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.
On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy accused Manning of talking nonsense, reiterating his view that the U.S. stance proved once again that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria are part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an autonomy-seeking group in Turkey recognised as terrorists by the United States and European Union, according to local Turkish media.
Aksoy said that, following a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Ankara last month, a first meeting of U.S. and Turkish officials on Syria and the disputed region of Manbij, where U.S. and Kurdish forces are based, will be held in Washington on March 8-9. Tillerson and the Turkish government agreed on the set of meetings in an effort to repair ties frayed over differences over Syria.