USA funding of Kurdish militants in Syria to impact Turkey's decisions: Erdogan

USA funding of Kurdish militants in Syria to impact Turkey's decisions: Erdogan

"We have signed the necessary proposal to change the name of the Nevzat Tandogan Avenue in front of the US Embassy to "Olive Branch".

When asked questions about how fair the vote will be, Tillerson said the United States has always supported free and fair elections in any country, including Egypt. While the SDF are composed of militias of different ethnic backgrounds struggling for similar beliefs, the YPG play a leading role.

Ankara accuses the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) of being a "terrorist" offshoot of its outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Buldan faces a sentence of from five to 10 years in prison.

While Turkey views the YPG as a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the U.S. has been working closely with the militia against the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and giving it weapons. In the meantime, analysts say, Turkish officials may be leveraging their domestically popular Afrin operation to put pressure on the United States to rethink its pro-Kurdish policy; all the while, the operation is drumming up support for Erdogan, who could call a snap election as early as this summer.

The Kurds have several times called for President Bashar al-Assad's regime to intervene to defend Afrin, but Damascus has taken no military action so far. However, this may change as the YPG priorities are also changing.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella organization largely made up of YPG forces, is reportedly moving personnel to the Afrin region near Turkey's border to contest the Turkish incursion.

When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. The achievements of the peace process had given Turkey hope, and we need to show that promise again.

On Feb. 7, U.S. Lt. Gen. Paul Funk and Maj.

"They can say whatever they want".

"We can't overestimate the power of the new dynamics that are emerging as a result of the new phase we're entering in Syria-where the status quo ante has been completely disrupted, and where you're seeing key regional actors jostle and seek to shape where Syria heads, but also lay out their red lines, their stakes", Yacoubian said.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag warned the US about future collisions.

"We must continue to clear unexploded remnants of war left behind by ISIS, enable hospitals to reopen, restore water and electricity services, and get boys and girls back in school".

Washington has acknowledged Ankara's concerns over the presence of well-armed Kurdish fighters positioned just over Turkey's southern border. Participants chanted slogans such as "Everywhere Afrin, everywhere resistance" and "Freedom for Ocalan" in different languages as they are heading towards Geneva.

Former HDP Co-chairpersons Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ as well as several other deputies and dozens of party members are now in jail on terror charges.

A Leila Khaled mural on the Israel-Palestine separation wall.

"Words are not enough to fool us", he said, adding that Washington "should meet three demands" of Turkey if it sees Ankara as a real ally.