Turkey summons U.S. diplomat for supporting Syrian Kurd group

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the USA is trying Turkey's patience by supporting and arming terrorists from the YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) and the PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party).

Six people surrendered to police on Thursday over alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. The moderate Syrian opposition in Idlib province seems to have been abandoned by Turkey and the U.S. and their Arab sponsors to the mercy of Russian-supported pro-al-Assad forces.

The United Nations said at least 60,000 civilians had been displaced by the latest government offensive that began in November against the rebels in Hama and Idlib.

The YPG is the main element in a force that Washington has assisted with training, weapons, air support and help from ground advisers in the battle against ISIS.

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The White House said in November that the US planned to cut support to the YPG after a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Los Angeles Times reported. The Turkish military staged a direct, limited incursion in August 2016 and bolstered the embattled Free Syrian Army, which fought with the Syrian military, jihadi groups and USA -backed Kurds. 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.

Turkey has been fiercely opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country's six-year-old civil war but has recently been working with his allies Russian Federation and Iran for a political resolution to the conflict.

"Iran and Russian Federation should fulfill the responsibilities [as guarantor states] in Syria", Çavuşoğlu told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. "If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime", Cavusoglu said. "The intent here is different", he added. The immediate trigger appears to be the series of mysterious drone attacks on Russian military bases in Syria's Latakia province since the start of the year. A victory there would effectively sever a large pocket of the last remaining rebel region and give Syrian troops access to a highway linking Damascus and Aleppo.

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