Ex-US general advises Biden to end YPG assistance

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A former commander of US forces in Europe on Thursday advised US President Joe Biden to end assistance to the Syrian YPG branch of the PKK terror group.

Speaking in a virtual chat with Hudson Institute senior researcher Michael Doran, Ben Hodges called US support for the group in Syria “irritating” to Turkey.

“Even those here who are not Erdoğan supporters, about half of the country, are really annoyed by this YPG support,” the former commander said, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He also urged Biden to visit Erdoğan in Ankara within the next three months.

The biggest challenge facing Turkey-US relations is not Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, but rather Washington’s support for the YPG, the minister said. the Hulusi Akar Defense last year.

The PKK is a designated terrorist organization in the United States, Turkey and the European Union, and Washington’s support for its Syrian affiliate has strained bilateral relations with Ankara.

The United States has mainly partnered with the YPG in northeastern Syria in its fight against the Daesh terrorist group, while Turkey has strongly opposed any terrorist presence in the region. Ankara has long opposed US support for the YPG, a group that poses a threat to Turkey and terrorizes the local population, destroying their homes and forcing them to flee.

Under the pretext of fighting Daesh, the United States provided military training and supplied military support trucks to the YPG, despite the security concerns of its NATO ally. Emphasizing that you cannot support one terrorist group to defeat another, Turkey has carried out its own counter-terrorism operations, during which it has succeeded in eliminating a significant number of terrorists from the region.

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