Turkey demands US to stop supporting Kurdish YPG forces in Syria


Turkish army forces (R), and Kurdish YPG fighters (L). Photo: Jinda Ibrahim/ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli – The new US Administration should stop supporting Syrian Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Tuesday.

The Turkish PM also said that only Turkey is fighting ISIS, while the US and its allies “do nothing”.

“The world talks about Daesh [ISIS] but it does not fight it. It is only Turkey that fights against Daesh. The United States and others do nothing. They just supply the [Syrian Kurds] with weapons,” said Yildirim on 3 January, in a weekly parliamentary address to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) members.

Backed by the US-led coalition, Kurdish YPG fighters and allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have expelled Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants from major areas in northern Syria, including Hasakah, Kobane and Manbij. Currently, the same forces are combatting ISIS in Raqqa–the Caliphate’s de facto capital– as part of the US-backed Euphrates Wrath Operation.

“The Kurds proved to be one of the strongest forces fighting ISIS and other Islamist groups. The United States is aware of that, and that’s why the US support for the Kurdish forces cannot stop as long as ISIS exists in Syria and Iraq,” political analyst Shiyar Serdar told ARA News.

Reporting by: Mir Yaqoub | Source: ARA News


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