NATO's Western military alliance risked a war with itself as Turkey fought US and French opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan to support Kurdish groups backed by Washington but Ankara as terrorist organizations to be viewed as.
Erdogan rejected this Friday's French offer to hold talks with Syrian-Kurdish militants affiliated with the People's Protection Units (YPG), a substantial part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). After the major Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces had made great strides against the militant Islamic State (ISIS) group in northern and eastern Syria last year, Turkey assembled its own armed forces in January to serve Kurdish militants in both Syria and Iraq defeat [1
"We do not need a mediator," Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara. "We are very saddened by the completely wrong attitude of France."
Under Kurdish and French reports that France would send troops to the Kurd-controlled city of Manbij, where the US has already refused to withdraw its own Turkish special forces Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag warned in a series of fiery tweets , "who oppose Turkey in cooperation and solidarity," "just as the terrorists become the target of Turkey"
The US and its allies are frustrated at Turkey's military campaign that stopped the US-led coalition against the IS's ground offensive. French President Emmanuel Macron received a delegation of Syrian Democratic Forces on Thursday. He pledged to support the predominantly Kurdish group and "paid tribute to the victims and crucial role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh [the Arabic-language acronym for ISIS] and reaffirmed the priority of this struggle while the terrorist threat continues," a statement said.
NATO members France, Turkey and the US supported all efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the midst of a 2011 uprising Government. As the overwhelmingly Syrian opposition became increasingly associated with jihadists in the country, Western countries began to cut support and focused on a US-led campaign to bombard ISIS in 2014. The following year, the United States established the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces [
) The US, France and other Western countries have supported Kurdish ambitions while fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but Turkey has viewed its victories with suspicion as Kurdish fighters in both countries join the Labor Party Kurdistan's were tied (PKK), a militant group that is conducting a guerrilla war against the Turkish state.
When Turkey and the formerly CIA-backed rebel army in northern Syria roamed Kurdish territory, they captured the city of Afrin earlier this month and threatened to take over the Syrian-controlled Tel Rifaat and Kurdish Manbij and an international one or even to risk NATO internal conflict when Syrian, US or French troops were involved. Iraq has also recently warned of its Turkish sovereignty when Ankara refused to withdraw its troops and attack local Kurdish forces, which are also accused of PKK links.
Trump surprised on Thursday, however, when he said the US would "come out of the country" Syria very soon, "it contradicted earlier government statements suggesting an indeterminate military presence.The Pentagon has declined to set a timetable for one Even after Damascus declared victory over ISIS in November, and the US-led anti-jihadist coalition campaign was put on hold, the Russian-backed Syrian military and its allies fought on a separate front including militia supported by Iran, continues to oppose the remains of the IS in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. 
Russia, which supported the Syrian government, positioned itself in the Turkish question similar to the USA and decided on a priority of its relationship with Turkey about the Kurds. However, Moscow's Syrian ally Assad has called for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish and American forces. The longtime Syrian leader has reached an agreement with the Kurds that allows them to move freely through Syrian territory and send pro-government militias against Turkey and the Free Syrian Army.
The Syrian military has focused its eviction on the remaining rebel and jihad strongholds after intensifying campaigns in the northwestern Idlib province and the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus. There were talks on Friday about the removal of the last rebel group outside the Syrian capital, despite conflicting reports indicating that Islamist Jaysh al-Islam had reached an agreement with Russia and the Syrian government.