Russia asks: Why is Turkey bombing Kurds in Syria who are US allies?
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Why has Turkey been bombing the Kurdish forces in Syria that the United States considers allies in the war with ISIS, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asked in an interview with reporters Wednesday.
Speaking to Italian journalists, Lavrov said that the Kurds were the most effective fighters on the ground, the Russian Sputnik news agency reported.
Turkey considers “these Kurdish militias as enemies. So we need to understand how Turkey, as a member of the US-led coalition, is fulfilling its duties?” Lavrov said.
“Why is Turkey not bombing terrorists — if it is bombing them at all — but also the Kurds, who are considered to be potential US allies?” he asked.
Turkey is an important NATO ally, yet it has allowed what amounts to open trade and movement across its borders to jihadis in Syria and Iraq.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a war on terrorism in late July, but since then Turkish forces have directed their fight almost entirely to trying to militarily crush the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The Kurdish YPG force in Syria, which the US considers an ally in the fight with ISIS, remains unacceptable to Turkey. That is because the force is affiliated to the PKK.
Turkey’s National Security Council in October denounced a new self-proclaimed Kurdish enclave in Syria – Tal Abyad, or Gire Spi – and called on the international community to condemn the YPG as terrorists.
It has called the Kurdish proclamation in
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