Erdogan: US, Russia Violating Agreements with Turkey on Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that the US had failed to comply with an agreement to remove the Kurdish YPG militia from the 75-mile swathe of land along the Syria-Turkey border that Turkey seized in its recent incursion. Erdoğan will raise this issue in his planned November 13 meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington. But a senior US State Department official responded that “the YPG and all armed forces have certainly withdrawn from the vast majority of our area,” referring to the area covered by Washington’s agreement with Ankara. Erdoğan also charges that Russia has not kept its promise to force a YPG withdrawal to a depth of 20 miles (30 kilometers) along the entire Turkey-Syria border. Erdoğan said in a press conference that 11 members of the Turkey-backed Syrian National Army were killed in clashes with YPG fighters on Thursday.