ISIL, PKK/YPG 2 sides of same coin says Erdogan

Turkish president reiterates criticism of US for supporting terrorists, also vows to bring FETO terror members to justice

ISIL, PKK/YPG 2 sides of same coin says Erdogan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will not rest until the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) -- the group responsible for last year’s defeated coup -- pays for its crimes, said Turkey’s president on Sunday.

"We will pursue the murderers until the last FETO member is held accountable before the law," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a local meeting of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the central Karaman province.

FETO and its U.S. based leader Fetullah Gulen are responsible for the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 martyred and injured some 2,200.

Erdogan also blasted the U.S. for trying to use one terrorist group to fight another, referring to it arming and supporting the terrorist PKK/PYD in Syria to fight ISIL.

Citing a deal with the terrorist group PKK/YPG -- the armed branch of the terrorist PKK/PYD -- allowing hundreds of ISIL terrorists to escape the besieged city of Raqqah unharmed, Erdogan said: “The drama in Raqqah made it clear -- without no chance for denial -- that ISIL and the YPG are two sides of same coin.”

The BBC reported last month that under the deal, 250 terrorists and 3,500 of their family members were allowed to flee Raqqah on Oct. 12, along with 10 vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition.

The PYD and its military wing YPG are Syrian branches of the PKK terrorist network.

While recognizing the PKK as a terrorist group, the U.S. has treated the PKK/PYD/YPG as an ally in its anti-ISIL efforts.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Aralık 2017, 16:42