Turkish soldiers look through the hatches and turrets of an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) as they pass through the Bab al-Salamah border crossing between Syria and Turkey in the north of Aleppo province, on January 21, 2018.
Turkish troops and tanks entered northern Syria on January 21 in an offensive aimed at ousting the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terror group, from the Afrin region bordering Turkey. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib        (Photo credit should read NAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Tensions grow between the US, Turkey
01:48 - Source: CNN

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Among the disagreements: Whether the fight against ISIS is over or not

Turkey wants the US to reclaim weapons it gave a Kurdish fighting group

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Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria are stripping bare deep tensions with the United States and are sure to be a topic of discussion in a call between President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that’s set for Wednesday.

The Turkish assault on Afrin, controlled by a US-allied group of Syrian Kurds called the YPG, is just the latest source of friction between the two NATO allies. The two countries have sparred over a slew of issues in recent years, including the fate of a US-based cleric Turkey accuses of a coup attempt, visas to each other’s countries, Turkey’s entanglements with Iran and its detention of an American pastor.

The disconnect is such that the two countries don’t agree on whether the YPG is a terrorist group or whether ISIS has been defeated.