Turkey Urges U.S. to Hand over Syria Military Bases

Breitbart | 1/9/2019 | Staff
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration this week requested that the United States hand over control of its 16 military bases in Syrian territory controlled by American-allied Kurds after the U.S. withdraws.

“We are pleased with [U.S. President Donald] Trump’s decision for withdrawal [from Syria], but it needs to be clarified as to what kind of structure will be left behind, what will happen to the heavy weapons that have been deployed, the fate of American military bases and logistics centers. In this meeting we discussed these in detail,” Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesperson for the Turkish presidency, said on Tuesday, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

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Ankara made the request for the U.S. to relinquish control of its bases in Syria on Tuesday, the same day that President Erdogan revealed that preparations for a new Turkish incursion in northern Syria are underway.

Citing Kalin, Hurriyet notes, “Turkey also expects the U.S. to collect the arms delivered to the [Syrian Kurds] back.”

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Turkey is intent on eliminating the “terror corridor” in northern Syria and it “makes no distinction between terrorist groups,” Erdogan declared, referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Hurriyet reveals in a separate article.

The YPG is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that controls large swathes of northern Syria where it has declared autonomy. U.S. support for the Syrian Kurds has infuriated Ankara.

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“Very soon, we will act on neutralizing terrorist groups in Syria, and we will take out other terror groups that might try to prevent us from doing this,” Erdogan declared on Monday.

“For Turkey, there is no difference between the PKK, YPG, PYD or [ISIS],” the president also said, adding, “If they are terrorists, we will do what is necessary no matter where they come from.”

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