Pentagon deploys troops to Turkey's border wiith Syria

Posted May 05, 2017

However, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies disagree on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG, which the United States sees as a useful partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

"We are two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries, and strategic allies will be seriously bothered by it".

"The patrols' goal is to discourage escalation and violence between two of our most trusted [counter-ISIS] partners and reinforce the US commitment to both Turkey and the SDF in their fight against ISIS", a statement from the USA -led joint command said about efforts against the Islamic State. American military instructors who are often engaged in the training process of military units in Syria and Iraq might have died as well because of such irresponsible actions.

The US has been complaining that Turkey is attacking without proper coordination with their coalition partners, which is doubly concerning for the Pentagon because US forces are often embedded with the YPG in anti-ISIS operations and general training missions.

Turkey's private Ihlas news agency reported that the relocation came after Turkish officials stated that a phase of Turkey's cross-border operation in Syria had been completed. Another Kurdish activist said the deployment is ongoing, adding that it stretches from the Iraqi border to areas past Darbasiyah in the largely Kurdish part of eastern Syria. However, pictures online appear to show USA armored vehicles displaying the American flag - a tactic used by the Rangers in Manbij to highlight American forces' visible presence in the region.

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"We are seriously concerned to see USA flags in a convoy that has YPG rags on it", Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying prior to him departing on a flight to India on Sunday.

Turkey has long complained about USA military ties with the Kurds, complaining they are all terrorists.

Pentagon spokesman, Jeff Davis said:"We have U.S. forces that are there throughout the entirety of northern Syria that operate with our Syrian Democratic Force partners". The SDF is a Kurdish-dominated alliance fighting IS that includes Arab fighters.

US forces take up positions on the outskirts of the Syrian town, Manbij, a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters and USA -backed Kurdish fighters, in al-Asaliyah village, Aleppo province, Syria, on March 7. "The border is among the areas where they operate".

He reiterated his position that he does not want the United States to use the YPG in the fight to take Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.

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The YPG forms the backbone of the US -backed Syria Democratic Forces.

Last month, about 200 Marines rolled into northern Syria backed with howitzers, significantly widening America's footprint in a highly toxic battlefield.

Both Turkey and the U.S have sent armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border, as tensions rise in the region. Controlling the town - and the dam - is a hugely important goal in the SDF's bid to drive ISIS from their stronghold of Raqqa, 25 miles (40km) east and downstream of Tabqa. The American presence appears meant to reassure Ankara the Kurds don't hold the town.

In Iraq, at least 5,000 USA troops are advising the Iraqi army in the fight against Isis.

"We launched strikes against Sinjar, and the other place (in Syria) and killed 210 to 220 terrorists there. Why?"

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