U.S. officials are discussing with the Turkish military and government how the moderate Syrian opposition can push Islamic State farther east in Syria, Washington’s ambassador to Ankara said on Thursday.
The United States is not providing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, its close ally in the fight against Islamic State, weapons and ammunition, Ambassador John Bass told reporters.
Washington is opposed to efforts by any Syrian group to change the demography of a region “under the guise” of fighting the Islamic State, he said. Turkey has accused the YPG of “cleansing” towns of ethnic Arabs and Turkmen.
Bass repeated a call to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), closely linked with the YPG, to lay down its weapons and cease attacks on Turkey. The PKK has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey and violence flared anew in July.