Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for “stabilization projects” in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces.
US WELCOMED THE DECİSİON
The United States welcomed Saudi Arabia’s contribution of $100 million to help stabilize parts of Syria. The Syrian city of Raqqa was the seat of Daesh's self-proclaimed "caliphate" until it was liberated last year.
TURKEY SEES YPG AS A TERORİST GROUP
The backing of SDF/YPG by the U.S. has brought relations between Ankara and Washington, two NATO allies, to historic lows. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist group, an offshoot of the PKK, while the U.S. sees them as the most effective partner against Daesh.
"YOU HAVE TO PAY"
In May Trump made a visit to Saudi Arabia and met with the diplomats of Saudi Arabia. There he threatened Saudi diplomats again and said, "We've almost completed that task [of defeating ISIL] and we'll be making a determination very quickly, in coordination with others in the area, as to what we'll do. Saudi Arabia is very interested in our decision, and I said, 'Well, you know, you want us to stay, maybe you're going to have to pay'."