According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, almost half of the weapons, which the US has delivered to the defense forces of Syrian Kurds, fell into the hands of members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that almost half of the weapons, delivered by the US to the defense forces of Syrian Kurds, fell into the hands of terrorists.
“Three days ago, three aircraft with US armaments for Syrian Kurds’ forces landed in the Syrian city of Kobani. Half of these weapons fell into the hands of terrorists of the Islamic State [IS] group. We warned Barack Obama about this, but could not convince him. Now, unfortunately, they play the same games. This will not lead to concrete results, but will just continue the bloodshed in Syria,” the Anadolu news agency quoted the words of the Turkish President.
In addition, the president urged to hand power in Syria over to Syrian people, and called Bashar al-Assad the cause of the death of 600,000 compatriots.
It seems that Erdogan has finally found reasons to explain the recent failures of controlled by him militants in northern Syria. The offensive on Al Bab clearly does not develop as it is wanted – terrorists are in no hurry to allow Turkish tanks and ‘green’ militants to reach their last outpost in northern Syria.
Despite rumors that the IS has surrendered the border to Turkey in the framework of unofficial arrangements with Erdogan, in fact IS terrorists carried out a planned retreat to the positions, from which they plan to resist Turks and Kurds.
Due to Turkey’s threats against Kurds and the termination of a direct support of Kurds from the US side, the Kurds’ offensive on Al Bab has been almost stopped. It would seem that now Erdogan has all the advantages, but traditional military weakness of the Syrian Revolutionary Forces, high efficiency of suicide attacks, and effective countermeasures of the IS at the tactical level do not allow the Turkish President to use the situation to his advantage.