Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman has denounced as “irrational” US claims that Turkey was attacking Kurds in Syria’s northeastern parts.
Ibrahim Kalin said Sunday that Ankara’s military campaign in the neighboring Arab country, besides Daesh, has only targeted members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian branch of the PKK, which regularly clashes with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of Turkey.
Kalin argued that the YPG and the PKK did not represent Syrian Kurds, which he called as “brothers.”
“To argue that a terrorist organization represents Kurds is, above all, disrespectful to our Kurdish brothers,” Kalın said, adding, “One of the goals of Turkey’s struggle against the PKK and its Syrian offshoots is to save the Kurds from the tyranny and oppression of this terror group.”
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