Vancouver City, Canada 15 Jan. 2018 (Anadolu News)
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday criticized the recently announced plan of the U.S. to form a so-called border army led by the terrorist PKK/PYD group in Syria.
Speaking to journalists in Canada’s Vancouver city, Cavusoglu said: “The U.S. must clarify which side it is on, whether it chooses to be with its allies or terror groups?”
His remarks came following an announcement made by the U.S.-led international coalition against Daesh on Sunday that it would establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF — the U.S.-backed group, largely controlled and manned by the PKK/PYD terrorist organization in Syria.
The Turkish foreign minister warned: “We will take our own measures [against terror groups]. Regardless of who backs them; whether it is the U.S. or other countries, it doesn’t matter to us.”
About a possible Afrin operation in Syria, he said Turkey will fight against the PYD terrorists in Syria just like it did against the PKK.
Turkey has long protested the U.S. support for the PKK/PYD terror group, while Washington has brushed off these criticisms, saying it needs the terror group’s help to fight against Daesh in Syria.
The PKK/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.
The PKK has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, leading to the deaths of more than 40,000 security forces and civilians — including more than 1,200 since July 2015.