18 February 2018

'Final target' of PKK/PYD is Turkey, minister warns

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The U.S. weapons for the PKK/PYD terror group in Syria will be used to target Turkey once fight against ISIS ends, National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Thursday. In remarks made in Georgia’s Batumi city, Canikli said: "The U.S. provided weapons that could arm nearly 40,000-50,000 men to fight ISIS.

“Our ally, our friend the U.S. is conducting joint efforts against ISIS in the region with the YPG terror group.

"The U.S. is doing this [for its fight against ISIS], but we know that the terror group's final target is Turkey. Once [the fight against] ISIS is done, which it is almost, all of those weapons will point at Turkey," the minister, who is attending a southeast Europe defense ministers’ meeting in the country, said.

Turkey considers the PKK/PYD, sometimes referred to as the YPG, as a terrorist organization under the same umbrella as the PKK, which has waged a 33-year war against Turkey.

However, the U.S. sees the PKK/PYD as an ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria.

But Turkey, along with the U.S. and EU, considers the PKK -- of which the PYD is an offshoot -- a terrorist organization. Yet despite the PKK’s terrorist activities, the U.S. has continued to support the PYD, the PKK’s affiliate in Syria.

2017.10.12 / 13:59
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