Turkey 'summons top US diplomat' over Syria Kurd forces

Turkey 'summons top US diplomat' over Syria Kurd forces
From Al Jazeera - January 10, 2018

Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned a senior US diplomat to express Ankara's "discomfort" over Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, state media reported.

Citing an anonymous diplomatic source, Anadolu news agency said that US Embassy Charge dAffaires Philip Kosnett was summoned on Wednesday, without offering any further details.

Kosnett is the most senior US diplomat in Ankara after the departure Ambassador John Bass in late 2017. His replacement has yet to be named.

ThePeople's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, is seen by the US as the most effectiveground partner for the US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria.

The YPG has received arms shipments and training from the US, in a move that angered Turkey which considers the Kurdish forcesto be a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

Ankara says YPG fighters are linked to Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, who have waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Wednesday's move was not the first time Turkey has announced its displeasure with the US about the issue. In May 2017, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli called the supply of weapons to the Kurdish forces "unacceptable".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also in the past called the US arming of the YPG "a mistake".

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