Erdogan sees 'new beginning' in Turkish-US ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump.

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. Like Turkey, the US considers that group a terrorist organization.

After Erdogan emerged victorious from an attempted coup in July, he nearly immediately cast blame on one man: the elderly self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, a onetime close ally who lives in Pennsylvania. So the US can make some concessions to ease Turkey's concerns: promising that it has no intention of recognizing a sovereign Kurdish state, for example, or that it will cut off the arms flows if there is strong evidence weapons are flowing across the border to Turkish Kurds, or that Turkish forces can remain in control of the city of al Bab, west of Raqqa, which they conquered in February.

These assurances appear to have been made to try to placate Turkish outrage over USA plans to arm the YPG with heavy weapons for the Raqqa battle, and for the U.S. choosing to back the YPG in the offensive against ISIS in general, something Turkey has repeatedly condemned. Turkey is also concerned about the possibility that the weapons could end up in the hands of the PKK.

Binali Yildirim said on a visit to London that the United States was using one terrorist organisation inside Syria to attack another.

Also on Wednesday, CHP spokesperson Bulent Tezcan said: "We believe the president should review his USA visit in a serious manner and reconsider it". "It is conducting an active insurgency in Turkey, it has orchestrated the killing of innocent Turkish civilians and Turkish soldiers, and we support Turkey in its fight against PKK as a fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, just like all the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries stand with Turkey against the PKK", Mattis said. "In order to do this, the USA evidently prioritized Raqqa over Turkey's objections", Sam Heller, a Beirut-based analyst and fellow at the Century Foundation, told Syria Deeply.

This growing Turkish complex against anything Kurdish, whether military or otherwise, has spilled over to the fighting Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq, creating more animosity between their assorted supporters.

The news of the US directly arming Kurdish forces made global headlines and prompted strong condemnations from Turkey, but it is not that drastic a move.

"Every single one of these weapons that are being provided to our partner force, we intend to account for them, and to ensure that they are pointed at ISIS", said Dorrian, referring to the Islamic State group.

Last Wednesday, Ilnur Cevik, a senior aide to President Erdogan, said American forces teamed up with members YPG, could be in danger of being hit by Turkish fighters patrolling the volatile border region with Syria.

De Mistura spoke ahead of a planned resumption of United Nations -mediated talks between the Syrian government and opposition next week in Geneva.

N orthern Syria has for several years been a brutal battlefield, but also a symbol of how internationalised the war in Syria has become.

Washington is backing the Syrian YPG militia to drive out Islamic State in northern Syria, but Ankara fears the advance of the militia would fuel the Kurdish insurgency at home. However, despite this undeniable evidence, the US has continued its support for the organization. "Unless provided with extensive assurances or compromises, a robust and credible deal, Turkey will respond very harshly".

One of the major papers in Turkey, Sozcu, has already called for the government to shutdown the US base in retaliation.