dglobalnews.com US Special Operators Dispatched To Syria-Turkey Border To Prevent Possible Invasion
Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

US Special Operators Dispatched To Syria-Turkey Border To Prevent Possible Invasion

US Special Operators Dispatched To Syria-Turkey Border To Prevent Possible Invasion

To counter the YPG's growing influence in northern Syria, Turkey has supported efforts by several militia groups, part of the rebel Free Syrian Army, to gain control of a large swath of land in northern Syria.

As the fight in Raqqa rages on, it's becoming increasingly clear that not all of the major players in the Syrian Civil War, which erupted from a peaceful protest movement in 2011, see the defeat of ISIS as their primary goal.

The country considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the PKK, which is defined as a terrorist group by Turkey, the USA and the EU.

The PKK has been a waging three-decade armed campaign in Turkey.

Trump's decision to approve transfer of weapons to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by the YPG escalated this uneasy situation even more.

Turkey also opposes the US arming of PYD and YPG.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey would not flinch from taking tougher action against the YPG in Syria if Turkey believed it needed to.

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Erdogan added that any country arming the YPG would ultimately "pay for any bullet that will be fired on [Turkey], for every drop of blood that will be shed", according to Reuters. The YPG is an ally of the United States and has provided America intelligence for airstrikes against ISIS for years.

Mattis' recent letter to Turkey discusses the PYD - considered by Ankara an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and therefore a terrorist organization - and its People's Protection Units (YPG) to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

It has also worsened relations between the United States and Turkey, with Anakara blaming its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally for arming and backing the Syrian-Kurdish militia.

Ankara also says that YPG and PYD will give US weapons to PKK militants, and eventually, these weapons will be used against Turkey's Armed Forces and Air Force.

As of this Monday, reports suggest that the SDF have largely managed to successfully encircle the city of Raqqa, but the urban battle to rid the city of ISIS terrorists will be arduous.

But CENTCOM didn't answer the most important question: What happens if Turkish troops actually fire on Americans? The Turkish defense ministry said that the first inventory had already been sent to Turkey.

"[They] weren't hit by Turkish small arms fire", Moussa wrote.

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