Turkish PM says further US support to Kurdish YPG will cause problems — NTV

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks at the Vietnam-Turkey Business Forum in Hanoi on August 24, 2017. Yildirim on Friday warned the United States against providing further support to Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters. (AFP / Hoang DINH Nam)
Updated 25 August 2017

Turkish PM says further US support to Kurdish YPG will cause problems — NTV

ANKARA: Any additional support given by the United States to Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters will cause problems for Turkey, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted as saying on Friday.
Speaking to reporters on his return flight from Vietnam, Yildirim also said Turkey was working in cooperation with Russia and Iran in Syria, and there should be no reason for the United States and Turkey to be on opposite sides.
“We are talking about two NATO nations, there should be no reason for there to be (problems). Of course, if they show a stance other than what they have told us on the YPG issue, it would be a problem,” Yildirim was quoted as saying by broadcaster NTV.
Relations between Ankara and Washington have been tested by differences over Syria, where the United States is arming Kurdish YPG forces against Islamic State. Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency against Turkey.
The US-backed operation to dislodge Daesh from their stronghold of Raqqa in Syria has also raised security concerns for Turkey. Ankara fears the YPG will change the demographics of Raqqa, and has repeatedly warned it would retaliate if faced with any cross-border threat.
Yildirim also said Turkey did not plan any further operations into Syria’s Afrin and Idlib provinces.
Earlier in August, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had said Russia understands Ankara’s stance on the YPG better than the United States, signaling an increasing drift between the NATO allies.
Yildirim said Turkey and Russia had reached an agreement on the procurement of S-400 missile defense system from Russia, and that the final decision would be made by the executive committee of Turkey’s defense industry.
President Tayyip Erdogan had said late in July that Russia and Turkey had made progress in the plans to procure the S-400s and that signatures had been signed. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu)


Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

Updated 8 min 44 sec ago

Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

  • Israeli officials said he was holding a knife
  • No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was shot by Israeli security forces after ramming his car into a vehicle for undercover policemen in the occupied West Bank, police said Thursday.
Police were carrying out arrests overnight in the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah when the Palestinian “attempted to run over the officers” and hit the armored police car, a statement said.
The officers saw the driver holding a knife and shot him, with police saying he was a Palestinian from Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, without providing further details.
No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident.
A spokesman for the Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem said the suspect was in serious condition.
Israeli forces carry out frequent raids and arrests in the occupied West Bank, which often lead to clashes.
In May 2018, an Israeli special forces soldier was killed during an arrest operation in Al-Amari after being hit on the head by a stone thrown from a rooftop.