Donald Trump, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan face crisis in first meeting

Donald Trump, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan face crisis in first meeting

But the battle to capture the area can not happen until the Kurds receive heavy weapons from the United States military, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces commander.

"The types of action to be taken in Syria by the worldwide coalition against Daesh - in which France participates alongside the United States - will be determined on the basis of this priority", it said.

Also PYD co-Chair Asya Abdullah, Kurdish female commander Nesrin Abdullah, and Khaled Issa met with the former French President François Hollande on 8 February in the Élysée Palace. The seizure of this important strategic facility has practically opened the way to the capital of ISIS, Raqqa.

About 70 ISIS fighters conceded to SDF terms for Tabqa, which included dismantling improvised explosive devices around the dam, surrendering all heavy weapons and forcing the withdraw of all remaining fighters from the city, according to Davis. Long before Trump took office, US presidents have grappled with the fragility of partnering with Turkey's government and the Kurds to carry out a Middle East agenda.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces advanced on Raqqa in a multi-pronged offensive, with backing from the US-led coalition, bringing them within four kilometres of the city to the north-east and within about six kilometres to the north.

US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are scheduled to have their first bilateral talks on Tuesday.

Turkey has been angered by a USA decision to provide arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters that Turkey considers terrorists and a serious threat to its security.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a "war on terrorism" aimed at the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as much, if not more so, than the IS.

"Erdogan has very few cards to play", says Emre Uslu, a Turkish journalist who fled his country in 2014 and has been teaching at Virginia International University in Fairfax, Va., near Washington, D.C. Uslu said he expected Erdogan to present Trump with a plan for a Turkish role in the Raqqa area once the fighting there was over, to prevent a re-emergence of IS and to keep the Kurds from expanding their territory to the west of the Euphrates River. While Erdogan called for the extradition of a Pennsylvania-based cleric he blames for a failed coup in Turkey last summer, there was little tension.

"We will continue to talk with Turkey, but in parallel we will have to explore other ways of fulfilling our mandate", Merkel told reporters.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. responded by openly demonstrating its flag within the framework of their mission in the northern part of Syria in order to prevent Turkey from hitting U.S. allies.

I think the major problem arises from the long-running refusal of Turkey's rulers to acknowledge the facts of the Middle Eastern situation. The capture of Raqqa, in addition to practical significance, which will deprive the ISIS its center, has great political and psychological significance. Turkey's government has also voiced frustration over what it sees as Washington's foot-dragging in response to its extradition request for a USA -based Turkish cleric blamed for last July's failed coup. In the eyes of the West, they will look like the victor of the black plague - ISIS. Turkey considers the main component in the Kurdish-led SDF to be an extension of the domestic insurgents it labels as terrorists, and fears their growing influence in northern Syria.

Trump has gone out of his way to foster a good relationship with Erdogan. It's high time for members of the alliance to pay attention to the aggressive and unpredictable behavior of one of its members, as well as the hypocritical arguments of the head of Turkey.

The United States and Turkey were on the same page when made a decision to wage a war against ISIS in Syria; however, Turkey's new involvement inside Syria and disagreement with the Kurdish militia may bring about a change in the Middle East dilemma.

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