US, Turkey in talks on ways Syrian opposition can push ISIS east

By REUTERS
April 7, 2016 12:17

 
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ANKARA - US officials are discussing with the Turkish military and government how the moderate Syrian opposition can push Islamic State farther east in Syria, Washington's ambassador to Ankara said on Thursday.

The United States is not providing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, its close ally in the fight against Islamic State, weapons and ammunition, Ambassador John Bass told reporters.

Washington is opposed to efforts by any Syrian group to change the demography of a region "under the guise" of fighting the Islamic State, he said. Turkey has accused the YPG of "cleansing" towns of ethnic Arabs and Turkmen.

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