Turkey Says Kurdish Militia Should Not Be in Syrian Raqqa Operation

تم نشره في Wed 26 October / Oct 2016. 12:00 AM
  • A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) carries his weapon in the Ghwairan neighbourhood of Hasaka, Syria, August 22, 2016. - (REUTERS)

CAPITALS — A planned operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS should be carried out by local forces and the Kurdish YPG militia should not be included, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

The United States regards the YPG as an ally in its fight against ISIS, but Turkey regards it as a terrorist organization because of its links with Kurdish militants fighting a three-decade insurgency in Turkey.

Cavusoglu was speaking at a news conference in Ankara.