Turkey Threatens To Keep Up Airstrikes On U.S. Backed Kurdish Fighters
In the meantime, the Kurds and U.S. backed coalition forces fight ISIS near Raqqa
As U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Defense Forces and the YPG continue to assault villages held by the Islamic State, Turkey claims it will continue to attack the Kurds despite Turkey also looking to defeat ISIS. The Kurdish forces vowed not to continue the fight against ISIS after Turkish airstrikes killed many top officials last month, however they have picked up the fight once again. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech Sunday that his forces may continue to attack Kurdish fighters.
While Erdogan has lobbied against President Trump’s of the Syrian Defense Forces and YPG, the U.S. continues to view them as one of their best assets in combatting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The YPG has been extremely effective in the fight to recapture Syria from ISIS control, and sources close to the situation say that control for the cities surrounding Raqqa will belong to coalition forces in as soon as 48 hours. Syrian and Kurdish forces have both said that U.S. intervention with the insertion of Artillery and special operations teams helped turn the tide in the offensive against the Islamic state.
For the time being, the U.S. will continue to keep troops and resources available to the Kurds as the fight to recapture Iraq and Syria begins to wind to a close.