Jan 30 2018

Try Obama and Trump for terror support – Pro-Gov't columnist

The current U.S. President Donald Trump, and his predecessor, Barack Obama, should both face legal action for supporting terrorists, according to a columnist for the Turkish pro-government newspaper Türkiye.

The columnist, Fuat Uğur, noted that while discussing Turkey’s military operation in northwest Syria against the mostly-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert had referred to the Turkey’s combatants as the “PKK”, an acronym for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

This, and an amendment to the PKK’s description on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s Factbook to call the YPG’s political party the PKK’s Syrian wing, prove that the United States knowingly armed terrorists, wrote Uğur.

Turkey’s assault on Afrin aims to clear out the YPG fighters holding the region, which lies close to Turkey’s border. While Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organisation, the United States has been collaborating with the group in Syria to defeat the extremist jihadist Islamic State.

The U.S. statements linking the YPG to the PKK, however, elicit serious questions, since both the United States and Turkey consider the PKK a terrorist organisation.

Uğur calls for Turkey to file a criminal complaint against both presidents, for supplying the YPG with “4500 truckloads of weaponry”, a claim that had previously been made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.