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>> The withdrawal of US troops from Syria came with a new condition on Sunday. That Turkey agrees to protect the United States Kurdish allies. That announcement coming from President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton, currently in Israel as a part of a four day trip. His next destination is Turkey where Bolton said he would stress with officials, including President Tayyip Erdogan, that Kurds must be safeguarded.
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Trump's abrupt decision to announce a pullout of approximately 2,000 troops from Syria raised a question of whether Kurdish fighters in the North would now be targeted by their longtime foe Turkey.
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rdish-led areas in Northern and Eastern Syria amount to around one quarter of the country. The largest chunk of country outside of Bashar Al Assad's control.
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The main Kurdish faction is the Democratic Union Party, or YPD.
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's affiliated to the People's Protection Units, or YPG. And is influenced by the ideas of Abdullah Ocalan, a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.
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rkey sees the YPD and YPG as indistinguishable from the PKK.
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Which is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the European Union.>> Recep Tayyip Erdogan!>> But on Sunday, a Turkish presidential spokesman said it was irrational to claim that Ankara targets Kurds. Instead saying it goes after the YPG and PKK, as well as Islamic State.