Pentagon's budget proposal has enraged Turkey, which thinks it will give $550 million to Syrian Kurds

Business Insider | 2/13/2018 | Alex Lockie
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Turkey has been enraged by U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

The Pentagon requested $300 million for Syrian "train and equip activities" and $250 million for border security, which Turkish media interpreted as $550 million to the YPG in 2019.

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"Our ally's decision to give financial support to the YPG... will surely affect the decisions we will take," Erdogan said.

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A decision by the United States to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey's future moves, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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U.S. officials have said that Tillerson expects to have difficult conversations when he visits Turkey on Thursday and Friday, given that the NATO allies have starkly diverging interests in Syria.

Turkey has been enraged by U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Washington has backed the YPG in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

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"Our ally's decision to give financial support to the YPG... will surely affect the decisions we will take," Erdogan said in a speech to members of his ruling AK Party in parliament.

His comments followed the release of the U.S. Department of Defence's 2019 budget, which includes requests for funds to train and equip local forces in...
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