Turkey demands US stop supporting Syrian Kurdish militants


Turkish president said that he will talk this issue with his US counterpart Donald Trump during their meeting on May 16.

"We will mention these issues to President [Donald Trump] during our visit to the United States on May 16", Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport before leaving for a two-day visit to India. Immediately after the strike, the leaders of our forces - known as the People's Protection Groups, or YPG - rushed from their operations center near Raqqa, where they've been working with the US military to push the Islamic State out of its Syrian stronghold, to view the site of the attack. "We can turn up abruptly one night", he said, repeating a line from a well-known Turkish song. "Let us, the USA, all these coalition powers, and Turkey, join hands to turn Raqqa into Daesh's grave", he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL, saying that Turkey is at present leading the "most effective campaign against ISIL".

Both Turkey and the U.S have sent armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border, as tensions rise in the region.

The attacks on the YPG, a key member of a US-backed militia fighting Islamic State in Syria, have further complicated Turkey's relations with Washington.

Turkey has said the strikes were conducted to prevent infiltration of Kurdish rebels, weapons, ammunition and explosives from Syria and northern Iraq into Turkey.

"We are working on this and we are coming to the end of it. God willing, in the near future, we will most likely remedy this with an emergency decree", Kurtulmus said, adding "God willing, we will meet these societal demands".

Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said the US was "deeply concerned" about the airstrikes, adding that the raids were "not approved" by the USA -led coalition fighting against ISIS. Turkey claimed it targeted "terror hubs" infiltrated by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group, Turkey has been actively killing the Kurds in a genocide the world refuses to recognize.

The private Ihlas news agency reported on Saturday that Turkish military convoys were heading to southeastern Sanliurfa province from Kilis in the west. "This is not a hard thing for us", he said.

But it said while the YPG was counting on American and also Russian support as a bulwark against Turkey, the importance of the country will mean Trump will have an ear for Erdogan's concerns.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based opposition monitor, said ISIL fighters attacked military posts in the area, triggering intense clashes and leaving many casualties. Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist organisation, an extension of Kurdish militants who have waged a three-decadelong insurgency.

"I am seeing signs that Trump.will display a more decisive stance in the fight against terrorism and in ending state terror in Syria", he said.

In Iraq, at least 5,000 US troops are advising the Iraqi army in the fight against Isis.

The Pentagon said in a statement on Sunday that 352 civilians have died in coalition airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq since 2014, the Guardian reports.

Each side blames the other for triggering the fighting in the power struggle over control of eastern Ghouta.