U. S., Turkey discuss ways Syrian opposition can thrust Islamic State E

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 12:59 PM

S. executive are discussing with the Turkish military and government how the moderate Syrian opposition can thrust Islamic State farther E in Syria, Washington'south ambassador to Ankara said on Thursday."We've had some progress in recent weeks as these groups pushed further E along the border," Ambassador John Bass told a grouping of diplomacy correspondents.

U. S. executive are discussing with the Turkish military and government how the moderate Syrian opposition can thrust Islamic State farther E in Syria, Washington'south ambassador to Ankara said on Thursday.

"We've had some progress in recent weeks as these groups pushed further E along the border," Ambassador John Bass told a grouping of diplomacy correspondents. "We'll continue to focus on that area," he said.

Syrian rebel forces seized numerous villages from Islamic State close the Turkish border earlier this week. The offensive includes factions fighting below the banner of the Free Syrian Army that have been supplied with weapons via Turkey.

A sustained rebel advance close the Turkish border would erode Islamic State'south latest foothold in an area identified by the United States as a priority in the fight against Islamic State.

"There is conversation with the Turkish military and government to speak about opportunities to intensify support to those groups and to thrust Daesh E from the current line," Bass said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

The United States isn't providing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, its near ally in the fight against Islamic State, with weapons or ammunition, Bass said. He said WA is opposed to efforts by any Syrian grouping to modify the demography of a region "below the guise" of fighting Islamic State.

Turkey has accused the YPG of "cleansing" towns of ethnic Arabs and Turkmen.

Bass repeated a call to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to lay down its weapons and cease attacks on Turkey. The PKK has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey and violence flared anew in July.

Ankara says the PKK, designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, is closely linked with the YPG.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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