Dispute Over Kurds Threatens U.S.-Turkey Alliance

Here are five questions about the Kurds and their role in the rapidly evolving events in Syria and Turkey.
US has responded to the claim made by Davutoğlu and Erdoğan that the attack killing 28, wounding 61 has been launched by YPG: “We couldn’t determine perpetrator of the Ankara attack”.
U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby has said Washington cannot “confirm or deny” whether the YPG were responsible for the Feb. 17 attack on Ankara that claimed 28 lives
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited the scene of a Feb. 17 car bombing targeting a military convoy in Ankara that killed 28 people
The Turkish military shelled Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD) targets in northern Syria on Feb. 19, continuing to respond to fire coming from the region over the past week
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has expressed his elation after his U.S. counterpart apparently agreed that Syria’s Kurds are “unreliable,” while calling on Washington to display maturity by correcting its “mistake” about their relationship with groups that are defined as “terrorists” by Ankara
Bloomberg – Henry Meyer – Feb 18, 4:51 AM

Russia has promised to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria in case of a ground offensive by Turkey, a move that would lead to a “big war,” the group’s envoy to Moscow said in an interview on Wednesday. “We take this threat very

Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press UPDATE: Feb. 17 — Turkish authorities again rushed out a temporary broadcast ban after a deadly explosion ripped through the capital city of Ankara on Wednesday. The order bans broadcasting news about the

Is your partner Turkey or PYD, Erdoğan asks US

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has denounced a senior U.S. official’s visit to Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, underlining the “mistrust” the visit has created in Ankara over the nature of Turkey’s “partnership” with the U.S.
Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah has been taken into custody while applying for residence permit in Antep. No news can be received from the journalist.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has denounced a senior U.S. official’s visit to Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, underlining the “mistrust” the visit has created in Ankara over the nature of Turkey’s “partnership” with the U.S.
Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry has conveyed its “unease” over the use of force against its citizens by guards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a demonstration in the capital of Quito, Turkish officials have confirmed

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