Erdogan to Mattis: ‘Uneasy’ on arming Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday told visiting Pentagon chief Jim Mattis of Turkey’s uneasiness over Washington arming a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as a terror group by Ankara, a policy that has strained ties between the NATO allies. Mattis arrived for the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq to review progress in the campaign against Daesh (ISIS), urging coalition partners to prevent other political issues from disrupting the growing momentum against the militants.

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