Mar 06 2018

U.S. was to use Kurds against Iran – Erdoğan adviser

The United States is merely pretending there is a serious threat from Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria because it wanted to use Kurdish terrorists against Iran, according to Ilnur Çevik, a senior adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

That is why the U.S. government vehemently opposed Turkey’s incursion into Afrin to battle the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its affiliates, and why it is now saying that the Turkish operation is distracting the Kurds and hence detracting from the fight against ISIS, Çevik said in a column for the Daily Sabah.

“They forgot to mention that the fight against Daesh (ISIS) is over and there are tiny pockets of resistance that any force could easily deal with. What, in fact, they were doing was trying to keep the PKK-led militants intact so that they could eventually be used by Washington against the Iranian presence in Syria.”

Now Turkey is the victim of a smear campaign, accused by the PKK and its sympathisers of hiding the deaths of its soldiers and Syrian civilians, Çevik said.

“What they do not realize is that the Turkish army is extremely transparent in its reporting of its casualties,” he said. “When soldiers are martyred the military immediately announces the news and sets the record straight. They do not hide anything and disclose everything.”