BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Turkey requested to the U.S. on Friday that they remove their observation posts in northern Syria and halt their aid to the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).
According to a statement from the Turkish Ministry of Defense, their minister Hulusi Akar asked the U.S. envoy to Syria James Jeffrey to remove their observation posts in northern Syria so that they can resume their operations against the YPG.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had said that Washington wanted the observation posts to help minimize tensions between the Turkish forces and their Kurdish allies, including the YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces.
Akar also asked Jeffrey to stop the American collaboration with the YPG.
Since the U.S. constructed these observation posts in northern Syria, the Turkish military has halted their attacks on the YPG’s positions near the border-towns of Kobane (var. Ayn Al-Arab), Ras Al-Ayn, and Tal Abyad.