Monday, November 21, 2016

Turkish president criticizes NATO members' support for Kurdish YPG militias

The Turkish president on Monday criticized the members of NATO who fail to recognize a prominent Syrian-Kurdish militia as a terror group.

Speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the NATO members who do not consider the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) militias to be a terror organization.

"Some say: 'we do not accept that the PYD (the political arm of the militia) or the YPG are terrorists' Why? Because they fight against the Islamic State," the president said.

Erdogan added that those members would therefore have to accept the role of the al-Qaida splinter group al-Nusra Front in the Syrian conflict because that group also fights the IS.

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