Tur­key tells US it should give up on build­ing ob­ser­va­tion posts in Syria

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Turk­ish De­fense Min­is­ter Hu­lusi Akar told US Syria En­voy Jim Jef­frey that the United States should give up on build­ing ob­ser­va­tion posts in Syria, state-owned Anadolu Agency said on Fri­day.

The United States is set­ting up “ob­ser­va­tion posts” along parts of the bor­der be­tween Tur­key and Syria to help keep the fo­cus on de­feat­ing Daesh ter­ror­ists in Syria, De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis said last month, Reuters re­ported. Tur­key has ex­pressed un­ease with the plans and has been an­gry at US sup­port for the YPG (the Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units, the mainly-kur­dish mili­tia in Syria), which is a main ally in the fight against Daesh. Jef­frey is in Tur­key for a meet­ing of the Tur­key-us work­ing group on Syria.

Hu­lusi Akar FRAN­COIS LENOIR/REUTERS

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