Turkey slams U.S. military for backing Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey slams U.S. military for backing Kurdish militia in Syria
  1. Turkey slams U.S. military for backing Kurdish militia in Syria
    The Syrian Democratic Forces, the main U.S. partner on the ground in Syria in the fight against Islamic State, includes the Kurdish YPG…

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman lashed out at the U.S. military on Thursday, January 12 after it re-tweeted a statement by a Kurdish-dominated alliance it backs in Syria saying it had no links to Kurdish militants fighting the Turkish state, Reuters reports.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, the main U.S. partner on the ground in Syria in the fight against Islamic State, includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia.

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the PKK militant group, which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.

"SDF confirms that it has no affiliation or ties to PKK," U.S. Central Command said on Twitter, re-tweeting a statement by the SDF in which it said it was not part of the PKK and wanted a strong relationship with neighbors including Turkey.

"Is this a joke or @CENTCOM has lost its senses?," Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, replied.

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