Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. weapons airdrop on Kobani was wrong

"Some of the weapons they dropped from those C130s were seized by ISIL," Erdogan said

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. weapons airdrop on Kobani was wrong

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by ISIL militants besieging it.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of the U.S. supplies dropped on Sunday had reached the Kurdish fighters despite an online video showing ISIL fighters with a bundle.

"What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. Why did it turn out wrong? Because some of the weapons they dropped from those C130s were seized by ISIL (ISIL)," Erdogan told a news conference in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Asked about a plan for Turkey to facilitate the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to Kobani to help in its defence, Erdogan said he proposed this move in a telephone call with U.S. President Barack Obama at the weekend.

"I myself made that offer," Erdogan said in a press conference at Ankara Esenboga Airport before leaving for an official visit to Latvia. "And I already said that 'that aid that you would deliver to the PYD and PKK is unacceptable for us'."

"I have difficulty understanding why Kobani is so strategic for them because there are no civilians there, just around 2,000 fighters," Erdogan said. "At first they didn't say yes to peshmergas, but then they gave a partial yes and we said we would help."

He added that talks were continuing among officials on the details of the peshmergas' transit through Turkey. One Turkish journalist close to the government said on Wednesday some 500 of them were expected to cross into Kobani this weekend.

The PKK is the Kurdistan Workers' Party, considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and some other countries. It has waged a bloody 30-year campaign against the Turkish state. The PYD is the Unionist Democratic Party, which the Turkish government believes is in league with the PKK.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's announcement that his country would help Iraqi Kurdish forces access Kobani through Turkey to help Kurdish militias fight the ISIL came a day after the U.S. conducted airdrops in the northern Syrian town to resupply the Unionist Democratic Party. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ekim 2014, 16:59

Muhammed Öylek