The U.S., Turkey and the Kurds. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey’s military will soon start operations east of the Euphrates River, a move that will directly target Syrian Kurdish forces allied with the United States. Rumors have begun to surface that he made the announcement in response to Washington’s construction of observation posts along the Syrian border despite Turkey’s objections. Turkish news agencies, which have begun to set up shop near the border to be closer to the action, have reported that heavy military equipment is already being shipped to Sanliurfa province in southeastern Turkey. Washington’s response has been a little inconsistent: A Pentagon spokesman said unilateral action by Turkey against the Kurds in the area is unacceptable before noting that Washington still wants to coordinate and cooperate with Ankara.
The Kurdish issue is a major sticking point in U.S.-Turkey relations. The U.S. needs Kurdish fighters to help fight it
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