Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the United States hand over the (American ally) commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria, in a sharp rebuke of Washington's call for negotiations with the Syrian Kurds. The call for Mazloum Abdi's extradition on Thursday came after US President Donald Trump, in a letter to Erdogan on October 9, said the Kurdish commander was "willing to negotiate" with the Turkish president and "make concessions that they would have never made in the past".
Abdi heads the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).
Turkey, however, views the group as "terrorists" ... Speaking to state-run TRT on Thursday night, Erdogan said he instructed his justice minister to take the "necessary steps" for Abdi's extradition. "With the US, we have an extradition agreement. The US should hand this man to us," he said.
The Kurds blame a decision by the US to pull its forces out of Syria for Ankara's offensive and have turned to Syria and Moscow, Washington's foes, to deploy troops to help fend off the Turkish assault.