Turkey's Erdogan does not believe United States will retrieve arms from Kurdish groups

By REUTERS
February 26, 2019 23:25
1 minute read.
Breaking news

Breaking news. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later



ISTANBUL, Feb 26 - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he does not believe the United States will take back weapons from Kurdish militias in Syria.

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster NTV, Erdogan stressed the need for the United States to take back weapons from Kurdish groups in Manbij.



Earlier this month, a senior U.S. Army general said the United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria.



In December, President Donald Trump confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, declaring that Islamic State had been defeated there.



Turkey has long stressed the importance of the United States retrieving the weapons Washington has given the YPG, the United States' main partner against Islamic State in Syria, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.



"The generals with him said that they have the serial numbers, and they will collect the weapons when all is done. I do not find this sincere," Erdogan said on Tuesday.



"If this withdrawal becomes a stalling method, our approach will be different," he said, adding that 200 to 400 soldiers may stay, and 500 may stay from other U.S.-led coalition forces.



Last week, the United States said it would leave a small peacekeeping group of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout. A commander of U.S.-backed Syrian forces called for 1,000 to 1,500 international troops to remain in the country to help fight Islamic State, and expressed hope the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout.



The decision to withdraw was announced after Trump spoke by phone to Erdogan. A White House statement said the two leaders agreed, regarding Syria, to “continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone.”



"What is important to us is that Turkey will control the secure zone," Erdogan said on Tuesday. "We cannot leave the control to neither Germany nor France or America. I clearly told this to them."

Erdogan said he might meet with White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, in Turkey on Wednesday alongside Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, and the meetings would cover economic and regional issues.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
March 23, 2019
Three Palestinians injured in northern Gaza Strip - report

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF