senior aide to Turkish President Erdogan has stated that US forces in
Syria could be “accidentally” hit by Turkish rockets alongside
Kurdish militants, stating that Ankara won’t hold back a strike
against PKK militia just because US troops are present.
doesn’t matter whether they [US troops] are patrolling there. If
those PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] terrorists continue their
activities within Turkey…you know they are infiltrating from
northern Syria [into Turkey]…” Ilnur
Cevik, a senior political adviser to President Recep Tayyip
radio station CRI TURK on Wednesday.
they go a little further then our forces [wouldn’t care whether]
there are American armors there…suddenly you happen to see there
are a few missiles [that] hit them accidentally too,” he
statements came after US troops were deployed to
the Syrian border to prevent clashes between Turkish and Kurdish
forces, after Turkish airstrikes hit two Kurdish-held areas in Syria
and Iraq last month.
Cevik appeared to make a U-turn on Twitter on Wednesday, stating that
never and will never hit its allies anywhere and that includes the US
stated that Turkey will, however, hit “all
Syria, adding that “no
one should allow our US allies to become a shield for them.”
Turkey and the US have classified the PKK as a terrorist group.
However, the two sides disagree on the classification of another
Kurdish group, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Although Ankara
considers the YPG to be terrorists, the US is cooperating alongside
them in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
YPG, and you know who’s supporting them, is attacking us with
mortars. But we will make those places their grave, there is no
said last month, referencing Washington’s support, as quoted by AP.
of working with Syrian Kurds, who the US believes are the most
powerful force against IS in Syria, Turkey is pressing Washington to
let its army join its campaign for Raqqa.
us, huge America, all these coalition powers and Turkey, let us join
hands and turn Raqqa to Daesh’s [IS] grave,” Erdogan
said last month…