USA is Giving Weapons to Terror Group in Syria, Turkey Says


Citing an anonymous diplomatic source, Anadolu news agency said that US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Philip Kosnett was summoned on Wednesday, without offering any further details.

Kosnett is now the most senior American diplomat in Ankara after the departure late past year of the ambassador, John Bass. No replacement has been named yet. Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over Washington's policy of support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

The YPG is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the leading Kurdish party in northern Syria, where the majority of the country's Kurdish population was concentrated.

Wednesday's move was not the first time Turkey has announced its displeasure with the USA about the issue. This is also the reason for Vladimir Putin's telephone conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In October, the YPG and their allies announced the capture of ISIL's self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria after a four-month operation.

The Turkish FM also said Russian Federation and Iran, as guarantors for peaceful settlement, should fulfill their commitments and "stop Assad regime" which, according to the Turkish side, violates the security regime in Syria's Idlib.

Damascus has been scoring military successes against the rebel groups in the area thanks to Russian air support and active involvement of Iran-backed militias.

Russia's relations with Turkey have suffered a blow due to the latest developments in Syria.

Ankara has also summoned ambassadors of Russian Federation and Iran for expressing displeasure on Damascus attacks in Idlib. "If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime", Cavusoglu said in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV channels.

Cavusoglu claimed about 95 percent of all violations of the joint accord were carried out by the regime and the groups backing the regime.

Russia, Iran and Turkey are supposed to be the guarantors of last year's accord but Moscow and Tehran appear bent on reneging on their role to de-escalate fighting in the area, home to almost 2 million Syrians, to serve their own agenda.