ANKARA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the United States’ backing of Kurdish fighters in Syria after a photographer revealed US commandos wearing the insignia of a militia branded a terror group by Ankara.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Washington and accused Turkey’s NATO ally of not being honest in a speech Saturday in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
Mr Erdogan, speaking in the majority Kurdish city Diyarbakir, accused the US of being dishonest because of its support for the militia and its political wing the Democratic Union Party (PYD).
“I believe that politics should be exercised with honesty,” he said.
Ankara regards the YPG as a terror group, accusing it of carrying out attacks inside Turkey and being the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has fought an insurgency against the Turkish state for over three decades.
The United States does not consider the YPG to be a terrorist group.
“The PKK, the PYD, the YPG, Daesh (Islamic State group), there is no difference. They are all terrorists,” Mr Erdogan said.
It had long been public knowledge that around 200 US commandos are in northern Syria helping local militia target the IS extremists’ de facto capital Raqqa and guiding coalition air strikes.
‘C’ Division League Football tournament set for February
KATHMANDU— The Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football Championship is set to take place in the third week of February 2019.
On Thursday the meeting held between the representatives of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and ‘C’ Division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur set the date for the tournament, shared ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.
League Director Sanjeeb Mishra said, “The ANFA and Club’s representatives have agreed to conduct the competition in the final week of February (second week of Falgun). We will finalize the specific date for the tournament in near future”.
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