Turkey wants to take over US bases in Syria – report

War / Terrorism 1/8/2019, 10:04 AM
Turkey wants to take over US bases in Syria – report

Insiders told Turkish Hurriyet that the country's officials would tell the delegation from the United States the military bases in Syria should be given to its troops or dismantled. The administration of President Donald Trump is preparing to withdraw gradually from the war-torn country, leaving a vacuum which is being discussed with allies. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman and special advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sat on on Tuesday in Ankara with John Bolton, US national security advisor, who earlier demanded from decision makers there to give assurances the Syrian Democratic Forces wouldn't be attacked.

The newspaper added Turkey refuses to accept the possibility that the US would give the 22 bases to the SDF, which is led by Kurdish-dominated People's Protection Units, or YPG, which Turkey sees as a terrorist organization.

Of note, a team from the US is scheduled to come to Turkey within weeks to lay out a list of technical concerns about Turkey's purchase of Russian air defense systems, centered on the safety of US F-35s. Turkey said it would hear the objections and that it would use the S-400 without integration with other weapons.

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