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    The United States is not fighting against terrorists in Syria, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Thursday, commenting on the deal on withdrawal of Daesh terror group militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — On Monday, the BBC news outlet reported that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias had allowed about 250 Daesh terrorists to leave Raqqa in October.

    "There has been no question of an open struggle against terrorists. Otherwise, Washington would not cooperate with one terrorist organization in the fight against the other. This is unthinkable but it is the fact. If it was the question of a real fight against terrorists, the US would need to cooperate with a strong country like Turkey," Bozdag said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

    He added that the agreement between the Syrian Kurds and Daesh terrorists during the operation in Raqqa had been reached with the consent of the United States.

    On Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the SDF, dominated by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), "brokered a deal" with Daesh to evacuate a large number of its members from Raqqa.

    Ankara considers the YPG to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which is listed as a terror group in Turkey, the United States and the European Union.


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