The Joint Chiefs of Staff from Turkey, the USA and Iraq met in Ankara on Thursday for a rare trilateral meeting to discuss regional security issues and the ongoing fight against jihadist and separatist terrorist organisations, as the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) informed.
U. S. Central Command Chairman General Joseph Votel, Commander of the U. S. Armed Forces in Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti and Iraqi Chief of Staff Osman Ghanimi were present at the meeting hosted by Turkey’s Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar.
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The top military representatives from the three countries discussed the overall security situation in the region, particularly in Syria and Iraq, as well as measures to combat terrorist organisations. Further details were not disclosed.
The US added that the meeting with Iraqi and Turkish generals was part of a commitment to „strengthen relations between their military forces“.
The meeting followed the announcement to have defeated the „Islamic State“ in Iraq. Discussions should have focused on efforts to prevent the resurgence of the IS and other extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.
The military also discussed US cooperation with the Syrian PKK branch, also known as YPG, as described by the Turkish government. Turkey is calling on the US to withdraw all heavy weapons given to the YPG in its fight against the IS after the end of the anti-IS fight.