- Kurdish council says PYD using fight against ISIS as excuse to suppress Kurdish rivals
- Nine foreign volunteers that fought ISIS arrested by KRG security force
- Kurdish party office shut down in Syria’s Qamishli, members arrested
- Iranian Kurdish party calls on PKK and KRG to de-escalate tension
- Pro-PKK group in Sinjar rejects PKK exit, demands Peshmerga withdrawal from Yezidi region
- Trump agrees to arm Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objection
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called on the United States to immediately reverse a decision on arming Syrian Kurdish fighters considered by Ankara to be as “terrorists”.
Turkey views the Kurdish YPG forces as the Syrian extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.
The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from NATO ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as “terrorists”.
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