ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s top diplomat said Kurdish rebels may provide logistical support in the fight against IS in Syria but warned their presence would not be tolerated west of the Euphrates River.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “if the YPG want to provide logistical help east of the Euphrates that’s different, but after the operations end, we don’t want a single YPG member west of the Euphrates.”
The YPG, or People’s Protection Units, is a Kurdish faction within a mixed coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups fighting alongside U.S. special forces against IS in northern Syria.
Part of the fighting has focused in the area of Manbij, a strategic pocket close to the border with Turkey, in an effort to cut off supplies to the IS stronghold of Raqqa.
Ankara, unlike Washington, views the YPG as a terrorist organization.