ERBIL — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu once again criticised the US policy for arming the Syrian Kurdish forces for the battle against Islamic State (IS), saying that Ankara looks forward to see Washington taking the arms back after the Raqqa operation concludes.

Çavuşoğlu claimed that the US arms in the hands of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its armed wing People’s Protection Units (YPG), would be a threat to further tensions in Syria.

Washington, leading the international campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria, arms and trains local partners to help them defeat the extremist group without having the US “boots on the ground” needed.

However, Turkey has been opposing to this plan since it considers the PYD and YPG as the Syrian offshoots of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which is in a three-decade military conflict with Ankara.


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