Turkey’s Erdogan chastises U.S. for support of Syrian Kurd rebels
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan - REUTERS

ISTANBUL:  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish PYD rebels on Wednesday, saying Washington’s inability to understand the group’s true nature had turned the region into a “sea of blood”.

“Are you on our side or the side of the terrorist PYD and PKK organisation?” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara to provincial officials, referring to Washington’s backing of the Syrian Kurdish fighters PYD against the Islamic State.

Turkey considers the PYD to be a terrorist organisation, citing its ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a three-decade violent insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

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