Erdogan says he has evidence US-led coalition has given support to Isis


#1

The Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he has uncovered evidence that US-led coalition forces have helped support terrorists in Syria – including Isis.

American-led forces have been working alongside Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad but have attempted to avoid helping Isis and other Islamist militant groups.

However, speaking on Tuesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, he said he believed they had given support to a variety of militant groups, inclding Isis Kurdish outfits YPG and PYD.

independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-president-erdogan-us-coalition-support-terrorists-a7497841.html

Erdogan says U.S.-led coalition gives support to terrorist groups in Syria reut.rs/2i3XXeS


#2

I thought it was generally known that much of our aid to rebels ended up with ISIS?


#3

December 28, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Ankara

There is considerable misinformation circulating in Turkish media concerning U.S. and Coalition operations against ISIL in Syria. For those interested in the truths, here are the truths:

The United States government is not supporting DAESH. The USG did not create or support DAESH in the past. Assertions the United States government is supporting DAESH are not true.

The United States government has not provided weapons or explosives to the YPG or the PKK – period. We repeatedly have condemned PKK terrorist attacks and the group’s reprehensible violence in Turkey.

As we have throughout the campaign against ISIL, we continue to work closely with our counterparts in the Turkish government to determine how we can increase our efforts to defeat ISIL and eliminate this scourge that threatens both our peoples. This includes ongoing discussions about how we can best support Syrian opposition and Turkish forces engaging ISIL around al Bab.

Like Turkey, the United States also has experienced attacks by ISIL supporters. We mourn the losses that the Turkish Republic has suffered in facing this and other threats from terrorism.

tr.usembassy.gov/statement-12282016/


#4

Unfortunately, many of these “moderates” that we supported are not moderates at all. There are literally thousands of radical groups in Syria and these guys change from one group to another with the rising and setting of the sun. The U.S. primary intent in Syria was a regime change, and to disrupt that government. Their intervention in the their internal affairs further advanced ISIS whether that was a perceived goal or not. Whether Erdogan has proof or not, who knows.


#5

This will be news when he releases his evidence. Otherwise it’s just gossip.


#6

This denial by the US gov doesn’t really satisfy me. The problem has never been that the US is *deliberately *supporting ISIS; it’s that we’re supporting other groups who may or may not be infiltrated by ISIS, thus leading to indirectly supporting them.


#7

The biggest argument against Erdogan’s credibility is the distinct possibility that he looked the other way when ISIS used Turkey as a meet up site for foreign recruits.


#8

Well, they must have an enemy that is at least fairly well armed/supplied to justify the defense industry spending to continue to fight them.

AKs and toyota pickup trucks are cheap when compared to drones, tanks, fighter jets, etc!


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