ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Ankara may close two bases in Turkey where U.S. soldiers are stationed “if necessary”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“If necessary, we will hold discussions with all our delegations, and if necessary, we may close Incirlik [air base in southern Adana province] and Kurecik [radar station in eastern Malatya province],” Erdogan said in a televised interview.
Erdogan said Turkey’s goal with its anti-terrorism operation in northern Syria was to maintain peace for Syrians, not to “seize its oil”.
“Neither the U.S. nor Russia could eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists there [from northern Syria] as they promised. So we have to do it,” he added.
“They are particularly disrespectful to our Kurdish brothers,” said Erdogan.
“They define the YPG/PKK as Kurdish,” he said, referring to Western countries. “In my opinion, this is disrespect to the Kurds.”
Erdogan said they camouflage the YPG/PKK under the name SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces).
He stressed that the YPG/PYD is an offshoot of the PKK terrorist organization.
“The ringleader of the YPG/PKK, Ferhat Abdi Sahin, also known as Mazloum Kobani, is the spiritual son of the jailed leader of the PKK terrorist organization [Abdullah Ocalan]. The heads of the U.S. and Russia speak with this man. We can’t get results with this situation. Besides, this man is being sought with a red notice,” said Erdogan.
“I also said this in the NATO meeting. If we are together in NATO, if we fight against terror together, how can you talk with these ringleaders? Firstly, we have to fix this.”
He stressed that the fight against PKK terrorists should be carried out jointly and as it was against Daesh/ISIS terrorists.
On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.
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Source: Anadolu Agency