Turkey aware that US support for Kurdish YPG will not end immediately

FILE PHOTO: Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan answers questions during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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SULAIMANI — Turkey is aware that the US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters will not end immediately, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday (November 19), but added that Ankara’s battle against the fighters it considers a terrorist group will continue.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish militants waging an insurgency on Turkish soil, and has launched three offensives in northern Syria against the fighters. It has been infuriated by the US support for the group, repeatedly urging its NATO ally to halt its relations with the group.

Speaking to members of his AK Party, Erdogan said Turkey will continue to battle the YPG until all threats towards Turkey are stopped and every militant is eliminated. He added that no plan in the region can be realised without Turkey’s consent and support.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)