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US demands security guarantee for Kurdish YPG from Turkey

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From al-Jazeera

US demands security guarantee for Kurdish YPG from Turkey

The protection of allied forces who fought and died battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) in Syria must be guaranteed, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in a phone conversation.

Pompeo and Cavusoglu talked on Monday as the NATO allies try to reach an agreement over the fate of US-backed, Kurdish-led fighters, who fought against the ISIL, following the planned withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria.

The US State Department said Pompeo also reiterated Washington's commitment to addressing Turkey's security concerns along the Turkish-Syrian border.

During the discussion, Pompeo emphasised "the importance that the United States places on the protection of forces that worked with the United States and the global coalition to defeat ISIS", department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a press release.

COMMENT:-

I have no doubt that the Turks will offer 100% protection to the YPG with only the minor proviso that there be absolutely no "terrorist incidents" (which the Turks will have the sole authority to define) that is in any way connected (which the Turks will have the sole authority to determine) to any group that is in any way associated (which the Turks will have the sole authority to determine) with either the YPG or anyone suspected of being linked to a supporter of the YPG. (In short, the Turks will be quite happy to give Mr. Trump an agreement that is as well defined and binding as Mr. Kim gave Mr. Trump regarding nuclear weapons.)

This, of course, will be yet another "Mission Accomplished" badge to pin on to the "Make America Gullible Again" hat.
 
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