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Erdogan renews opposition to any Kurdish entity in northern Syria

By Rudaw 24/6/2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AP photo
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AP photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has renewed a threat that his country opposes any move aimed at the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Syria, or Rojava, and accused Turkey’s allies, notably the US,  of dealing with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
 
"Nowadays, there is some negative progress in Syria,” Turkish Anadolu agency quoted Erdogan as saying in reference to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advances against the ISIS capital of Raqqa. “If that causes any threat to our borders, the world should know that we will react the same as we did in Operation Euphrates Shield,” he threatened.
 
Erdogan indirectly blamed the US for dealing with the YPG and supplying it with arms.

"Unfortunately, our strategic partner countries are acting together with terrorist countries," Erdogan said on Friday. "We told them to act against Daesh together. Can we not handle the business with nine coalition countries against Daesh? This PYD, YPG, are terrorist groups. They unfortunately insisted on going the other way."

The YPG is been the main force in the SDF which is currently leading an offensive against ISIS in Raqqa.
 
Ankara has long called on the US to not arm the YPG, calls largely ignored by Washington.

Turkish officials said Thursday that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had reassured them that arms supplied to the YPG in the ongoing battle will be taken back once Raqqa is free.


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Give the peace a chance | 24/6/2017
Turkey should acknoledge that there is a Kurdish nation bordering the country of the Turks, and like all the world nations, the Kurds well deserve to have their own state that defends the saftey and wellfare of the Kurds and protect and care their language and culture. Erdogan must remember that once Britain opposed also to the independence of the U.S.A. but after bloody war hitory was made and the U.S.A. has become the main ally and friend of Britain. Erdogan must spare more blood shed, and help the natural course of history .He must stop his atrocious war on the Kurds and give the peace a chance.
View | 24/6/2017
Hopefully soon declared persona non grata!
Riha | 24/6/2017
Do people here really think that anyone would help the Kurds if Turkey decides to unleash their military power on them? Syria and Russia certainly not because the Kurds gave the green light to the USA military to enter their territory, something which Syria was fiercely against. Remember Syria is a sovereign country so US soldiers are in the country illegally. Also the USA wouldnt do anything if Turkey destroys the Kurds. The coalition, which the foolish, brainwashed Kurdish fighters ''think'' that they are their allies would just sit back and watch the show. Thats what u get if u sell your soul and become a US puppet.
Nick Goldhorn | 24/6/2017
Unfortunately, after stabbing them in the back, insulting their culture and blaming them for all of the world's problems, Turkey doesn't have any allies left.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 24/6/2017
(from Hurriyet Daily News, 6-24) Erdogan says Turkey will "give our answer on the field" to those who plot against her in Syria. ... Can I assume he's going to order the purge-crippled Turkish Armed Forces to shoot at American Special Forces operating with the YPG?

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