The US must solve the problem with YPG in Syria, says Lindsey Graham

The influential Republican senator, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, said that the Kurdish Self-Defense Forces (YPG) are associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK in Turkey and threaten Ankara, this problem was created by the US, and it must be solved. 

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting with Graham in Ankara on Friday, which lasted about 2.5 hours. Senator, who arrived in Ankara, was also received by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The meeting discussed the latest developments in Syria and relations between Turkey and the United States. In addition, Graham will meet with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and head of the National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan. 

“There is strong evidence of connection between the YPG and the PKK. It is necessary to protect Turkey from threats and solve the problem of YPG/PKK, created by the United States in Syria” Anadolu quotes Graham. 
Graham believes that Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Chief of Staff, is working with Ankara on a plan to move the YPG from Turkey. According to the senator, he hopes that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria will be postponed until the IS terrorist group is eliminated. 

US President Donald Trump said earlier that in Syria it is necessary to create a buffer zone with a depth of about 30 kilometers. A spokesman for Turkish President İbrahim Kalın supported this idea, adding that Turkey will control this zone with the help of military and intelligence, who “will interact with the local population.” 

Erdogan said earlier that Ankara is ready to launch an operation in the east of the Euphrates, as well as in the Syrian Manbidge against the Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces, if the United States does not withdraw them from there. He later said that he had decided to postpone the start of the military operation in Syria after a telephone conversation with Trump on December 14, at the end of which the American president decided to withdraw troops from the UAR.

Tom Tompson

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