Erdogan says Turkey aware that US support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

Erdogan said that no plan in the region can be realized without Turkey’s consent and support. (File/AFP)
Updated 19 November 2019

Erdogan says Turkey aware that US support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

  • Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency on Turkish soil
  • Speaking to members of his AK Party, Erdogan said Turkey will continue to battle the YPG until all threats toward Turkey are stopped

ANKARA: Turkey is aware that the US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will not end immediately, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but added that Ankara’s battle against the militia it considers a terrorist group will continue.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency on Turkish soil, and has launched three offensives in northern Syria against the militia.

It has been infuriated by the US support for the militia, repeatedly urging its NATO ally to halt its relations with the group.

Speaking to members of his AK Party, Erdogan said Turkey will continue to battle the YPG until all threats toward Turkey are stopped and every militant is eliminated.

He added that no plan in the region can be realized without Turkey’s consent and support.


Fire breaks out at Iranian industrial area

Updated 40 min 24 sec ago

Fire breaks out at Iranian industrial area

  • A fire department official told state TV that the cause of the fire was under investigation
  • There have been several other incidents at facilities in the past weeks

DUBAI: A fire broke out at an Iranian industrial area near Tehran on Tuesday, Iran’s state TV reported, the latest in a string of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites.
“The fire broke out at the industrial area of the Jajrud district in the Pardis county this morning ... there were no casualties ... firefighters are trying to contain the fire,” it said.
A fire department official told state TV that the cause of the fire was under investigation.
There have been several other incidents at facilities in the past weeks, including a fire at the underground Natanz nuclear facility last month which caused significant damage, but Iranian officials said operations were not affected.
In an explosion at a medical clinic in the north of the capital Tehran in July, 19 people were killed. Officials said it was caused by a gas leak.
On June 26, an explosion occurred east of Tehran near the Parchin military and weapons development base that the authorities said was caused by a leak in a gas storage facility in an area outside the base.