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    Turkey Wants Unconditional US Support in Fight Against YPG

    Turkish civil servants hold a banner that reads "We condemn terrorism" as they lay carnations at the site of Wednesday's explosion that killed 28 people in Ankara, Feb. 20, 2016.
    Turkish civil servants hold a banner that reads "We condemn terrorism" as they lay carnations at the site of Wednesday's explosion that killed 28 people in Ankara, Feb. 20, 2016.
    VOA News

    Turkey's prime minister on Saturday called on the United States to give his government unconditional support in the fight against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia “without ifs and buts.”

    Speaking to reporters in Ankara after a five-hour meeting with security officials, Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey was certain that the YPG, which the United States supports in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, was involved Wednesday's bomb attack in Ankara that killed 28 people.

    A Kurdish militant group based in Turkey known as the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) claimed responsibility for the Ankara attack in a statement Friday. Davutoglu rejected that as a false claim; he said TAK was trying to shield YPG’s “international legitimacy” from any links to the bombing, which was aimed at military units in the Turkish capital.

    The YPG, or People's Protection Units, is the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Turkey claims they are terrorists, but the United States does not agree. U.S. officials said they could neither confirm nor deny Ankara's charge that the militia was behind the bombing.

    President Barack Obama met by telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for 80 minutes on Friday, sharing his concerns about the Syrian conflict and promising his support. Separately, however, a State Department spokesman told reporters that the U.S. continued to support groups in Syria that have been fighting against Islamic State extremists — a likely reference to the YPG.

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    by: Anonymous
    February 23, 2016 11:59 PM
    Turkey = ISIS and AQ

    Western politicians: corrupt puppets in the pockets of Saudi Arabia and Turkey

    Hypocrisy towards Turkey's mass killing of its Kurds, Turkey's incursion into Syria and Iraq, Turkey's backing of ISIS and AQ with no complains from the west.

    by: Med
    February 22, 2016 6:13 AM
    When terrorists not terrorists it's shameful for who have power and responsibility to make goods bad ,like Kurds it's clear they are like Arminans and jews and Bosnians and ogana many Genocides happened against them like ,Anfal against Kurds,Halabja chemical attack ,dersim NASCAR inTurkey ,Rebosky,and continue now but it's look like all wayes US pressing green button for Turks to kill them from 1970 until now but it's respectful to say US helpep in Kobani lebration with legendary Kurdish women's ypj and ypg the US must not betray them ,they are defending their culture and there women and children and their land everyone knew who is terrorist ..

    Don't label them as terrorists because Turkey wanted, Turkey's hand in Kurdish blood they bombing Kurds now but they do that long time ago many years car bombers was crossing from Turkey's boarder to Kurdish area ,they used ISis in side Turkey to kill peaceful demonstration they was chantting we need peace ..way all this crimes against Kurds .

    by: meanbill from: USA
    February 20, 2016 7:46 PM
    Tell the Turks that Obama is behind them 100%, and will continue to support them in their struggles against the Kurds and the Russians and Syrian army? .. Tell the Turks to look behind them, [and on a clear day], they will see Obama leading the Turks from the rear? .. The Turks don't have to worry about anything, (even though things are looking bleak now), because Obama has been leading them all along, but doing it from the rear? .. But remember? .. Obama has only one year left as president? .. and the next president won't be a Sunni Muslim?

    Confused? .. The Turks don't need anybody to lead them from the rear, and they were looking for the US to lead the ground attack and bombing attack against the Kurds, Russians and Syrian army that's bombing their ISIL and al-Qaeda moderate rebels? .. Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best, but remember the president only has one year left as president, and the next president won't be a Sunni Muslim? .. Remember, Murphy's law?

    by: Alan Dew from: United Kingdom
    February 20, 2016 6:20 PM
    The real story is that Erdogan gov of Turkey is depressed because of the defeat of its proxy al-Qaida groups on the hand of Kurds in Syria. Therefore, the Turkish gov wants to find whatever to attack Syrian Kurds. Turks need to be told decisively "stop you pro-IS and pro-Alqaida dirty war against the Kurds''. Otherwise, Jihadists will occupy the Iraqi and Syrian scene again.

    by: dutchnational
    February 20, 2016 4:48 PM
    Turkey has been certain before :

    No genocide on Armenians, Arameans, Greek.
    Turkey is peaceloving
    There is no kurdish problem
    IS just a bunch of angry young men
    Earlier bombattacks done by kurds, maybe in cooperarion with IS
    We will not let Kobane fall

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