30 Mar '17, 10pm

Tillerson, Turkish leaders struggle to resolve Kurds dispute

ANKARA, Turkey — The United States and Turkey struggled Thursday to resolve a deep dispute over the Kurdish role in the fight against the Islamic State group, but appeared no closer to a resolution as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrapped up his first trip to Turkey. As the U.S. prepares an operation to retake the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa, Syria, the U.S. and Turkey are deadlocked over who should do the fighting. Turkey wants the U.S. to partner with its military and with Turkish-backed forces in Syria, but the U.S. has been backing Syrian Kurdish fighters who have proven the most effective ground force against ISIS. "Let me be very frank: These are not easy decisions," Tillerson said in Ankara. "They are difficult decisions that have to be made." Turkey considers the Kurdish force, known as the YPG, to be a terrorist group that threatens Turkey's security. T...

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