Biden mends fences with Turkey, at the expense of Kurdish forces in Syria

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Publication Date 25/08/2016
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US Vice President Joe Biden visited Turkey on 24 August 2016, aiming to ease tensions which had been growing since the 15 July coup attempt.

Several topics were on the agenda, including the fight against terrorism, the Syrian conflict and the demands made by Turkish authorities for the US to extradite Fethullah Gülen, considered by Turkey's government as the mastermind behind the coup attempt.

On the same day Turkish troops and Syrian rebels drove the IS out of the strategically important border city of Jarabulus. With this US-backed offensive Ankara was above all hoping to stop the advance of the Kurds in Syria, commentators suggested.

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