US tells Turks to quit attacking the Kurds

The US says fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is "unacceptable" and must stop.

Clashes in places where so-called Islamic State (IS) was not present were a "source of deep concern", the US envoy to the anti-IS coalition tweeted.

Turkish forces have attacked what they say are Kurdish "terrorists" since crossing the border last week.

But the Kurdish YPG militia says Turkey just wants to occupy Syrian territory.

Ankara says it aims to push both IS and Kurdish fighters away from its border.

Turkish forces and allied factions of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) forced IS out of the Syrian border city of Jarablus on Tuesday and have since pounded neighbouring villages held by Kurdish-led, US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Turkish military carried out 61 artillery strikes around Jarablus over the past 24 hours Reuters news agency reported on Monday,
Turkey has insisted Kurdish militia, which it regards as terrorists, retreat east across the Euphrates river.
Erdogan is exposing his ethnic bigotry toward the Kurds.  If he had acted responsibly toward ISIL in the first place the Kurds would have had no need to occupy the area of Syria that is the scene of the current fighting.  I suspect that Erdogan was hoping that ISIL would wipe out the Kurds and solve his ethnic dilemma for him.  When the Kurds defeat ISIL in several locations he used the excuse of fighting ISIL as an excuse for attacking the Kurds.

Erdogan has to be the worst ally in the history of NATO.


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