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Turkish President Condemns US for Arming Terrorists in Syria

Tuesday 19 September 2017
Turkish President Condemns US for Arming Terrorists in Syria

Alwaght- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the US of supplying weapons to terrorists in war-torn Syria.

In an interview with US TV station, PBS, on Monday, Erdogan who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly referred to Washington-backed Syrian Kurdish militants as terrorists, saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States."

"And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It’s a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we’re feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued.

Erdogan was referring to the US decision to arm Syrian Kurds in a militant group known as YPG to allegedly confront ISIS terrorists in Syria.

Turkey fears that the YPG plans to permanently occupy parts of land in northern Syria and that the alleged war on ISIS by the group is a ploy to attain nefarious objectives by the Kurdish group.

In May, US President Donald Trump drew strong condemnation from Turkey by approving the dispatch of weapons to the YPG.

Turkey, which has deployed its own military equipment and forces to northern Syria, has warned that US-supplied weapons could fall in the hands of the PKK militants on its soil.

Erdogan's Monday statement came just one day after AP reported that the US was pulling out of a major deal which would have seen the Turkish government purchase $1.2 million in arms, including hundreds of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition.

The decision to pull out of the deal came after Erdogan's bodyguards stopped Kurdish protesters during the Turkish president's visit to Washington in May.

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