Turkey and the United States have agreed that militants of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) must return to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Milliyet reported Thursday, September 1.
If YPD doesn’t return to the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Turkey may lose confidence in the U.S., Cavusoglu added.
Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish forces an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a domestic group that Ankara has declared a terrorist organization.
Last week, Turkey sent its troops and warplanes to back Syrian rebels in their advance on Jarablus, a town near the Turkish border and the next IS-stronghold after Manbij. Turkey's incursion helped the rebels take Jarablus from the Islamic State group, but clashes subsequently broke out in the area between Turkish and Kurdish forces — both U.S.-allies.