Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

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It said the YPG "is indispensable" to defeat IS but there is also "no avoiding the fact" that the USA is backing a force "led by PKK-trained cadres in Syria while the PKK itself continues an insurgency against a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally". While Turkish airstrikes have been targeted at PKK forces across Turkey's border, the number of YPG forces who have also been killed in the attacks has drawn the ire of the USA government.

Tension between Turkey and the YPG has been rising.

The deployment followed Turkish airstrikes which wounded 18 members of the YPG, . Seventy people were killed, they said.

But Ankara has made clear it will have nothing to do with any operation involving the YPG and analysts say Turkey could even be a threat to a Raqa operation if it is not included.

"The strikes are manifestly a sign of impatience by Turkey and part of a long line of appeals telling the United States to stop supporting the YPG", said Jean Marcou, professor at Sciences Po Grenoble and associate researcher at the French Institute of ANatolian Studies.

On April 25 at 02:00 hours, the YPG General Command based in Qereçox in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province was bombed by warplanes belonging to the Turkish government, and the YPG Press Center, the command affiliated institutions, the Denge Rojava Radio building and other points belonging to the Syrian Kurds were targeted. "If the coalition does not show a concrete reaction, then we will withdraw our forces from Raqqa", she told a local Kurdish media.

Khalil said his forces were not building up in the area. However, the USA has called the PYD a key ally in the fight against Daesh in Syria.

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The Soviet Union controlled the territory in the north and the Americans controlled the south. The Trump administration has said all options, including a military strike, are on the table.

Retaking the dam is considered a vital step toward further isolating the area around Raqqa and eventually recapturing the city.

Although Turkey continues to raise the issue of the extradition of Pennsylvania-based imam Fethullah Gülen, the man allegedly responsible for perpetrating the July 15, 2016, coup attempt and the forming a parallel state within Turkey, upon any interaction with any USA official, the US government has remained most quiet on this issue. It is just one of the Turkish government's bold moves since the election win. Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia, said it is seeking a judicial review of the decision.

Turkey is a member of the US-led worldwide anti-ISIS coalition.

It has blocked social media in the past, such as Twitter and YouTube, and the Committee to Protect Journalists regards the country as "the world's worst jailer of journalists". The decree said soldiers and academic personnel were among the 3,974 state employees dismissed.

The goal is "to discourage escalation and violence between two of our most trusted partners in the fight to defeat" Daesh, the statement said, adding that all parties in the region should remain focused on defeating the terror group.

The plan, put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party, gives Erdogan sweeping and largely unchecked powers.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he gives a speech on April 28, 2017 during the Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul.

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