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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.