Turkey’s Erdogan says Kurdish PYD fighting Islamic State is terror group
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan - REUTERS

BRUSSELS:  Syrian Kurdish militants backed by the United States in the fight against Islamic State belong to a terrorist organisation and are collaborating with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

The Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) role supporting the U.S.-led coalition’s battle against Islamic State does not give the group legitimacy, Erdogan said in remarks broadcast live from Brussels.

The autonomy-seeking PKK, which has close links with the PYD, has waged a war against Turkeysince 1984 that flared anew this summer. Turkey, the European Union and the United States all list the PKK as a terrorist organisation.

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