Erdoğan says United States sent vast amount of arms to terrorists in Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday the United States had sent 19 thousand trucks carrying arms to terrorists while addressing members of parliament from his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkish news outlet T24 reported.
The United States has sent nearly 19 thousand trucks (loaded with arms) to YPG (Peoples' Protection Units) and PYD ( Democratic Union Party) in northern Syria. Who will they use these arms against? We demanded to buy weapons from you, and you rejected. However, you are giving those arms to terrorist organisations.
President Erdoğan said Turkey had been decided to end the "terror invasion" and "terror corridor" in the east of Euphrates, referring to the region controlled by YPG, and Turkey will continue to tell its concerns to the United States, adding the economic war is not separate from the real one, all connected to each other.
Despite the escalation between the United States and Turkey, two countries have started training together to carry out joint patrols soon in northern Syria's Manbij area, the U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday.
As agreed by the two NATO allies in June, Turkish and U.S. forces are currently carrying out patrols in Manbij, but those are independent of each other. Training is the last step before the two countries carry out joint patrols.
Concerning the ongoing operations in Syria's Idlib, the Turkish President said everything Turkey did in Syria was right and they will successfully implement the Idlib plan.
Turkey and Russia agreed in mid-September to enforce a new demilitarised zone in Syria's Idlib province from which rebels will be required to withdraw.
Erdogan said Turkey would strengthen its observation points in Syria's northwest and work with Russia against radical groups.
Washington views the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) as the most effective force against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.
But Ankara regards the group as a terror outfit, considering YPG as the Syrian branch of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency since 1984 against Ankara.
Turkey repeatedly criticised the U.S. support for the Kurdish forces in Syria fighting against ISIS.