Turkey 'Summons Top US Diplomat' Over Syria Kurd Forces


The sources did not give any further detail.

Ankara believes YPG fighters are linked with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, responsible for waging armed campaign since 1984 causing death to more than 40,000 people.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV channels,"Iran and Russian Federation need to carry out their responsibilities". The Russian newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, an official body of the Russian Ministry of Defence, reported that the drones had taken off from the Muazarra region of Idlib that is controlled by Turkey and where Syrian opposition forces are based.

Cavusoglu emphasised that in efforts to bring peace to Syria, Russia and Iran were the "guarantors" of the regime side and Turkey of the opposition. Ankara considers the regime offensive, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, aims to recover more territory from the rebels.

The Syria issue was discussed when Kosnett was summoned to the ministry, the source said. Iran has its own strategic goals in "finishing off" what remains from the opposition forces in Idlib.

Earlier Ankara has summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors over the ceasefire violation in Idlib by the Syrian government forces.

Police arrested 29 people across Turkey on Wednesday for suspected links with the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, according to a security official.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, spearheaded by the former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria that was known as the al-Nusra Front, is mainly dominating in Idlib. Secondly, that is also an attempt to destroy our relations with partners, Turkey and Iran.

Recalling that Ankara was not able to build dialogue with the USA because of Washington's support to Syrian Kurdish militia, Turkey's leverage in Syria would weaken if it also looses cooperation with Russian Federation, he said.