Although Ankara considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) an extension of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Turkey's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States continues to support the Kurdish fighters in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS).
Taspinar sees Ankara with the upper hand over Washington regarding the situation in northern Syria, but overall with the release of United States pastor Andrew Brunson and open communication in the investigation of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the two countries are diplomatically improving. "We can come suddenly any night", he said. Other Kurdish groups in Iraq and Syria have proven themselves to be invaluable allies in the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. has designated the PKK a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Ankara has always been voicing that it will not allow a terror corridor along its borders and asking for an acceleration in the implementation of the Manbij deal with the U.S.
"Unilateral military strikes into northwest Syria by any party, particularly as American personnel may be present or in the vicinity, are of great concern to us", US State Department Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters on Wednesday.
Omer Taspinar is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence and an expert on Turkey, the European Union, Muslims in Europe, political Islam, the Middle East, and Kurdish nationalism.
Last week, IS jihadists staged a counterattack following a weeks-long SDF offensive in the countryside around Hajin.
The Turkish government also demanded that Kurdish forces leave the northern town of Manbij, which was freed from IS by Kurdish-backed forces in August 2016.
Erodgan recently increased threats to launch a major offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters near the Euphrates River.
Since June 18, the Turkish Armed Forces have carried out 68 individual patrols in Manbij.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have announced a pause in their campaign against ISIS following clashes between the SDF and Turkish forces, according to two US military officials and a statement from the SDF.
Instead of idling around in Manbij, we are determined to turn our focus and energy to the east of the Euphrates.
Turkish and USA troops are due to start conducting joint patrols in the Syrian city of Manbij later on Tuesday or Wednesday, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted byAnadolu news agency as saying on Tuesday.
Turkey has always been accused of directly or indirectly propping up the Islamic State in order to press on with a decades-long campaign against the Kurds, one of the largest stateless populations in the world.