17 January 2018

USA supports PYD in Syria

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Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım strongly criticized the United States on Tuesday over its support for the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria. Prime Minister Yıldırım urged the incoming Trump administration to halt delivering weapons to PYD terrorists, saying the administration of President Barack Obama was responsible for such supply. reports that, Turkey-U.S. relations have been on tenterhooks in recent months, as Turkey had urged that all elements affiliated with the PKK terrorist group to leave Syria's Manbij, located on the western banks of the Euphrates River, and cross back to the river's eastern banks after they help local Arab forces liberate the town from Daesh.

However, despite U.S. pledges to withdraw the PYD's armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), the terrorists resumed advancing west of the Euphrates.

At the weekly meeting of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Tuesday, Prime Minister Yıldırım stressed that the Obama administration was responsible for arming YPG terrorists in Syria, and boosting terror attacks against Turkey.

"What the U.S. does against terror is arming the terrorist YPG in Syria and this directly causes a rise in terrorist attacks against Turkey. I hope that the new administration will put an end to this vileness, as it is now time for friends and foes to clearly separate themselves from each other," the prime minister said.

2017.01.03 / 20:58
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