Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of funging the ISIS terrorist group and slammed Washington for failing to fulfill the promise to withdraw US-backed Kurdish militias forces from the areas captured by om ISIS in Syria.
“They [the US] said they were fighting Daesh [ISIS], but what did they do instead? Gave Daesh a load of dollars… We do not want to enter into an allied relationship with them on Afrin. The United States constantly violated our agreements. In Manbij, in Raqqa. When we offered to work there together, they promised that not a single member of the PYD [Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party] would remain there, don’t worry,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan’s statement clearly shows a Turkish-US conflict of the interests in the Syrian war. While Washington contributes tireless efforts supporting the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, Ankara opposes this move and cooperates with Moscow, Teheran and Damascus to limit the US influence.