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Turkish PM criticizes Clinton for vowing to arm Syrian Kurds in ISIS fight

By Rudaw 11/10/2016
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaking in the presidential debate on Sunday.
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaking in the presidential debate on Sunday.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticized US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her saying that she would arm Kurdish fighters, including those in Syria, in their fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants if she is elected president. 

"Clinton has said she would support Kurds in the region, terrorist organizations with arms if she is elected. What does this mean? Is the US not our ally? What does it mean to support them with arms?" Yildirim asked during a meeting of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Tuesday, according to Hurriyet news. 

"They supposedly fight against Daesh [ISIS] by arming the YPG, which is an offshoot of the PKK," Yildirim added, referring to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara believes to be a branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a named terrorist organization. 

Yildirim said it would be "unacceptable" to confront ISIS using the YPG. 

On Sunday, during the presidential debate between her and Donald Trump, Clinton declared that she would "considering arming the Kurds." 

"The Kurds have been our best partners in Syria, as well as Iraq. And I know there's a lot of concern about that in some circles, but I think they should have the equipment they need so that Kurdish and Arab fighters on the ground are the principle way that we take Raqqa after pushing ISIS out of Iraq," she said. 

America’s relationship with Kurdish forces in Syria has been a sore point for Turkey, who has accused the US of having double standards when it comes to terrorist groups. At the G20 leaders meeting in China in early September, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that the US and Turkey must present a common front against terrorism and there should be no distinction between “good terrorists” and bad terrorists; all terrorism is bad, he said. 

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Mohamedzzz | 11/10/2016
God bless America
Hejar | 11/10/2016
This was a welcome statement from Secretary Clinton. Kudos to her for supporting a righteous cause. I believe the US finally realizes what Turkey needs to realize; without Kurdish rights, the region will not be stable. And Turkey needs to stop its oppressive and divisive sectarian policies in the region which have done so much harm.
kick | 11/10/2016
"What does this mean?" are you retarded? how are you the PM of a country? "Is the US not our ally?" You can deny American forces to use their own base on your soil against Saddam and until recently against ISIS, you can sign military contracts with Chinese companies and undermine the US by trading with Iran when they were under sanctions... you can do whatever suits you but others can't? they can also easily ask if You are an US ally? "What does it mean to support them with arms?" it means ISIS needs to be eliminated and since you keeping covertly dealing and helping them it leaves only Kurds who so far have been the only force which have been serious about fighting them and consistently effective. By the way YOU are the real terrorists not Kurds
A Kurd in exile | 12/10/2016
Once and for all, the U.S. should tell Turkey to go to HELL, and kick that country (which has been and still is an ally of ISIS, not the U.S)out of NATO.
The Kurdish Boy | 12/10/2016
Mrs.Clinton well knows that the Kurds are the true allies of America and she is likewise convinced that Turkey is backing the I.S. and is its complicit and patron just like Saudi Arabia.

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