ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has not attended any meetings of the US-led International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS), a US official told the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News on Wednesday. 

According to the US official, the SDF, which is a critical partner force in the fight against IS in Syria, has not attended any of the coalition meetings in the past and will not attend this week’s meetings as well. 

However, representatives from 72 countries, members of the coalition met in Washington between the 10th and 13th of July under the leadership of the US Special Presidential Envoy, Brett McGurk. 

The coalition meetings in Washington came as the operation for liberating the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the extremist group was successfully completed and the SDF backed by the US-led coalition intensified their fight against IS in Raqqa. 

The main reason for the SDF to be excluded from the meetings is the strong disapproval of Turkey. According to Ankara, the Kurdish-led forces in Syria are connected to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US, EU and Turkey.

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