A senior Republican senator is firmly backing the Trump administration's decision to supply Syria's Kurds with the heavier weapons they need to effectively fight the Islamic State group.
It said that the provision of supplies and weapons was aimed at aiding the only group it sees fit enough to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa, the ISIS group's de facto capital, in the near future.
The fall of Tabqa leaves no other major urban settlements on the road to Raqqa, about 40 kilometers, or 25 miles, away. Turkey, the European Union and the USA have all branded the PKK a terrorist organization for its decades-long insurgency in southeastern Turkey.
With the Trump administration's decision to supply Syria's Kurdish fighters with heavier weapons, US troops inside Syria are in the crossfire between Turkey, a powerful North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, and the Kurdish fighters that Ankara deems as terrorists.
"I hope very much that this mistake will be reversed immediately", Erdogan said in Ankara alongside Sierra Leone counterpart Ernest Bai Koroma.
Erdogan said he would express his concerns during a meeting with Trump in Washington on May 16, adding that the issue would also be addressed May 25 at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. "We hope the U.S. administration will put a stop to this wrong and turn back from it.Such a policy will not be beneficial; you can't be in the same sack as terrorist organisations", he told a local news channel.
"We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U.S. is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".
Fikri Isik told NTV television that Turkey had the power to defend its national interests in Syria, but he didn't elaborate further on what he meant.
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The United States announced on Tuesday that it would arm Syrian Kurdish fighters in a bid to recapture the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, despite Turkey's opposition.
Turkey has lashed out at Washington's plan to send arms to Kurdish rebels fighting ISIS in Syria, calling for an end to the United States strategy that has long rattled Ankara.
Turkey's prime minister Wednesday criticized Washington's decision to arm a Syrian offshoot of the terrorist PKK to fight Daesh in Syria.
Dorrian said the SDF fully isolated IS fighters in the Taqba dam, the largest dam in Syria which is a key source of electricity for the region, from the rest of the city. But on April 27, Turkish warplanes struck YPG forces in Syria and also hit Kurdish forces in neighbouring Iraq in what Ankara described as "terrorist havens".
He said in Ankara that Turkey can not accept the presence of terrorist organisations that would threaten the future of the country.
Despite the YPG's alliance with the USA, the group has been attacked by Turkey in Syria and in Iraq.
"Any initiative to support the PKK directly or indirectly is unacceptable for us", Binali Yildirim told reporters at Ankara Esenboga International Airport before leaving for an official visit to Britain.
Turkey has also offered to help take Raqqah. Otherwise, the outcome won't only affect Turkey.