Turkey warns US of blowback from arming Kurdish fighters in Syria

By Reuters – May 11,2017 – JORDAN TIMES

 

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units head a convoy of US military vehicles in the town of Darbasiya next to the Turkish border in Syria on April 28 (Reuters photo)

 

ANKARA — Turkey warned the United States on Wednesday that a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting the Daesh terror group in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists. 

The rebuke came a week before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due in Washington for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump, who approved the arms supply to support a campaign to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh.

Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.

“We want to believe that our allies will prefer to side with us, not with a terrorist organisation,” Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara, saying he would convey Turkey’s stance to Trump next week and at a NATO summit later this month.

He said he hoped that recently taken decisions would be changed by the time he visits the United States. 

MORE:    http://jordantimes.com/news/region/turkey-warns-us-blowback-arming-kurdish-fighters-syria

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