>> 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.
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.
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.
The main Kurdish faction is the Democratic Union Party, or YPD.
'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.
rkey sees the YPD and YPG as indistinguishable from the PKK.
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.