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.


Syrian rebels seen on plane to Tripoli are ‘mercenaries for GNA’: Libyan newspaper

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Syrian rebels seen on plane to Tripoli are ‘mercenaries for GNA’: Libyan newspaper

LONDON: A video has emerged showing dozens of what appear to be Syrian rebels on an Afriqiyah Airways plane headed to Libya where they will allegedly fight alongside the country’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Libyan newspaper Al-Shahid has claimed.
In the video, the men — three of whom were seen wearing military uniforms — are on their way to Libya where they will reportedly fight as mercenaries for the GNA’s militias.
On Wednesday, British newspaper The Guardian published an article suggesting that 2,000 Syrian fighters have traveled to Libya from Turkey or will soon arrive in the war torn country to fight for the GNA. The Guardian cited Syrian sources in all three countries.
The oil-rich north African state has been in turmoil since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that overthrew and killed dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Haftar, who backs a rival administration in Libya’s east, launched a major military offensive to capture Tripoli in April 2019.
The military commander held talks in Athens on Friday, two days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of the GNA Fayez Al-Sarraj are expected to attend.