20:00 GMT13 April 2021
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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised a swift liberation of the northern Syrian town of Manbij from Kurdish self-defense forces. This would put Ankara on a collision course with Washington, which considers the Kurdish YPG as its ally in the fight against Daesh.

    To avoid this, the US should stop supporting “YPG terrorists” and the Turks – the “terrorists from the Free Syrian Army,” Abidin Uslu, the head of the regional branch of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party in Kilis province, told Sputnik Turkey.

    “The Kurdish self-defense units, the Free Syrian Army and Daesh are terrorists all, that’s how we see them. They have no right to fight on the territory of a sovereign state with a legitimate government in place. Therefore, the countries supporting these groups’ fight against Damascus are accomplices of terrorists,” Abidin Uslu said.

    He added that if an organization is declared by Syria as terrorist, then everybody else should follow suit.

    “The whole world knows what the so-called Free Syrian Army is really all about. Turkey should not have meddled in the Syrian conflict. Our party is categorically against supporting terrorist groups fighting the ruling regimes in our neighboring countries.”

    When asked whether Ankara’s decision to liberate Manbij from US-backed Kurdish self-defense units, would lead to a showdown between Turkish and US military, Abidin Uslu said that it certainly would.

    “I just can’t figure out the logic of the Americans’ policy in Syria. On the one hand, they call the Kurds their allies against Daesh and provide them with military, material and logistical support. Hillary Clinton said that, if elected, she would help them even more, including with weapons, etc. On the other, they let Turkey fire at these very same Kurds. With such a duality a Turkish-US military showdown in Syria is unavoidable.”

    “To avoid this the US and Turkey should stop supporting terrorists, be it Kurdish self-defense forces or the Free Syrian Army, and find a way to help the Syrian government fight terrorists,” Abidin Uslu emphasized.


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