Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said that the United States continues to support “terrorism” in Syria, referring to Kurdish-led armed forces, adding that Turkey has no intention to grab Syrian territory.
“It is the US and coalition forces that primarily feed terrorism in Syria, they did it ruthlessly and they still do it,” Erdogan was quoted as having told reporters on board the presidential plane following his visit to Ukraine, noting that Turkey has no eyes on territories of Syria and that their main concern remains the fight against “terrorism”.
Ankara has recently increased its attacks on areas in northern and northeastern Syria (Rojava), targeting the the People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the backbone of the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which it considers to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist group by Turkey.
Erdogan added that the US has also supported terrorist organizations in Iraq, without elaborating further with examples, saying “if there is unrest in Iraq today, unfortunately, America lies behind it.”
US-Turkish relations have been rocky since US President Joe Biden assumed office in January 2021 mainly due to US concerns about human rights issues in Turkey under Erdogan. However, recent efforts by Erdogan to mediate between Russia and Ukraine have turned Erdogan into an important player, leading to the Biden administration considering supplying Ankara with F-16 fighter jets.
Source : RUDAW