US dismisses Kobani accusations against Turkey

State Dept. says ‘no reason not to believe Ankara rejecting speculation that ISIL crossed Turkey to launch attacks

US dismisses Kobani accusations against Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The U.S. accepts Turkey's denial that ISIL passed through Turkey in order to conduct bomb attacks in the northern Syrian city of Kobani, a State Department official said Thursday.

Nearly two dozen victims were killed and at least 130 others wounded when ISIL mounted an early-morning attack in Kobani with two bomb-laden vehicles, and in subsequent clashes between Syrian Kurdish forces and the ISIL.

Turkey’s foreign ministry strongly rejected claims by Syrian state television and some Kurdish politicians that the gunmen crossed through Turkish territory to strike Kobani.

Asked about the claims, the U.S. spokesman had a curt reply. "I would just point you to what the Turkish foreign ministry said about infiltration," said State Department spokesman John Kirby. "They've denied that there was any complicity in that. I mean, we have no reason not to believe them in that regard."

Describing the overall situation in Syria as "complicated", Kibry said capable partners are needed on the ground to help the coalition fight ISIL, while acknowledging Turkey as a very important partner in the effort against ISIL.

"They continue to provide support to the coalition, and we continue to be grateful for that," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Haziran 2015, 10:09
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