Turkey slams US for continued support to YPG

“We can resolve the S-400 and F-35 problems with the U.S. one way or another. But we cannot go anywhere without solving the YPG problem. They argue that the YPG is not a terrorist [organization]. They are messing with our heads,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told a group of journalists over the weekend.


Turkey and the U.S. are NATO partners, but they differ when it comes to fighting ISIL in Syria. [Actually, both NATO powerhouses are – in words – agreed as to ISIL. The U.S., however, doesn’t support Turkey’s wars against Kurds in Syria, Iraq and Turkey itself. It doesn’t in any manner oppose them, it simply doesn’t meet Ankara’s demand for full military assistance.]