Over the past several years, relations between the U.S. and Turkey have deteriorated. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, has caused a rift between the two countries. That rift was exacerbated by disagreements over Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia – which led the U.S. to suspend sales of F-35 multirole fighter jets to Ankara. And this week, in response to Turkey’s 2016 detention of an American pastor on espionage charges, the U.S. imposed sanctions on two Turkish government officials. These circumstances and actions have caused serious tensions in their relationship, yet both countries still need each other in the long term.
Disagreements Over Syria
Though Turkey has long opposed the United States’ support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, a large portion of which consists of the YPG, the issue really came to a head earlie