Turkish daily accuses U.S. of hypocrisy for backing Israel air strikes in Syria

A Turkish pro-government newspaper accused the U.S. administration of hypocrisy for supporting Israel’s airstrikes in Syria while calling on Turkey to show restrain in its offensive on the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin.

The Israeli military launched air strikes on Saturday after what it said was an Iranian drone launched from Syria violated its airspace.

The Turkish army launched a military incursion into Syria’s Afrin district on Jan. 20 against a Syrian Kurdish militia it says is an offshoot of Kurdish militants in Turkey.

The U.S. military has provided arms and training to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), angering Ankara and further straining relations between the two NATO allies.

Akşam newspaper quoted the U.S. State Department as saying the administration supports Israel’s right to self-defence.

The newspaper said the United States supported Israel’s security along its 83-km-long border with Syria, but called for restraint when Turkey launched the incursion to secure its 911-km-long frontier with its southern neighbour.

The newspaper also reported allegations that the U.S. military had provided anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian Kurdish militia in Afrin as part of a secret deal.

The United States has provided weapons to the Syrian Kurds on condition they be used solely against Islamic State, but U.S. troops allowed a convoy of militia members to head to Afrin, Akşam said.