Friday, September 23, 2016

US arming PYD/YPG source of concern for Turkey : trying to distinguish between “good” and “bad” terrorist groups

The United States arming the PYD/YPG is a source of concern for Turkey as these terrorist organizations pose a threat to Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.

“It is a source of concern,” Erdogan told Bloomberg in an interview, speaking about U.S. cooperation with those terrorist groups.

“Three days ago, America landed two planes loaded with weapons. Where? In Kobani. For whom? For the PYD and YPG,” Erdogan said, referring to a Syrian city within sight of Turkey’s southern border.

“A very serious mistake is being committed before the world’s eyes,” he added.

Erdogan went on to slam the rationalization that the PYD and YPG are being armed since they are fighting Daesh.

“Now, Al-Nusra is a terror organization. Al-Nusra in the same way is fighting Daesh. If those who fight Daesh are not terrorists then Al-Nusra too, is not terrorist.”

Erdogan said that PYD and YPG are affiliates of the PKK terrorist organization that is fighting Turkey. “They are together. They are the same,” he said.

Erdogan called once more for the international anti-Daesh coalition – made up of 65 countries – to “bring down Daesh” without the help of terrorist groups. “Don’t worry about that. We can do that together,” he said.

Erdogan said that trying to distinguish between “good” and “bad” terrorist groups constitutes “wrongdoing against Turkey”.

“Because right now we are worried by the organizations you defend. These pose a threat to our country,” Erdogan said, adding that those who give weapons to the PYD/YPG terrorist groups are strengthening future threats to Turkey.

On a possible safe zone in northern Syria, Erdogan said that world leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and even Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously agreed to the proposal. “But once we say let’s move forward on this, unfortunately this step was somehow not taken,” he added.

Erdogan said they want infrastructure and residences to be built in the proposed safe zone so Syrians need not leave their country to flee the war.

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  1. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will take the lead in ousting Daesh from its de facto Syrian capital, Raqqah, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday...

    “They and others associated with them will be the force that envelops and collapses ISIL's control over Raqqah,” Carter said during congressional testimony, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, another name for Daesh.

    “At the same time, I emphasize, and the chairman already stressed this, we're working with the Turks also, the Turkish military, our good ally, very strongly,” he added in reference to Joints Chiefs head Joseph Dunford.

    The U.S. has long supported the SDF, which is heavily comprised of the YPG, in its efforts to oust Daesh from Syria, straining relations with Ankara.

    Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian offshoot of the terrorist PKK organization. But Washington has maintained that the SDF is an effective partner in the anti-Daesh fight, a claim reiterated during Thursday’s testimony.

    “They are our most effective partner on the ground. It's very difficult as you know, managing a relationship between our support for the Syrian Democratic Forces and our Turkish allies,” said Dunford, who was testifying alongside Carter at the Senate Armed Services Committee.....


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