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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman lashed out at the US military on Thursday after it re-tweeted a statement by a Kurdish-dominated alliance it backs in Syria saying it had no links to Kurdish militants fighting the Turkish state.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, the main US partner on the ground in Syria in the fight against the militant Islamic State (IS) group, includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia.

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the PKK militant group, which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.

“SDF confirms that it has no affiliation or ties to PKK,” US Central Command said on Twitter, re-tweeting a statement by the SDF in which it said it was not part of the PKK and wanted a strong relationship with neighbours including Turkey.

“Is this a joke or @CENTCOM has lost its senses?,” Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, replied.

“Do you believe anyone will buy this? The US must stop trying to legitimize a terrorist group.” US support for the YPG has been a major sticking point between Washington and Turkey, a Nato ally and a member of the US-led coalition against IS.

Turkey is hoping that the incoming US administration under President-elect Donald Trump will re-think its policy in Syria and stop providing support to Kurdish militia fighters.

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muhammad usman khan Jan 12, 2017 03:18pm

Mr. Erdogan I think you should settle your dispute with Kurds i.e. PKK. They will help you in fight against ISIS.

This is the problem with Muslims all over the world. They are not united together and they want to fight one common enemy.

Mehtab Jan 12, 2017 03:19pm

Mr Erdogan you have created Syrian crisis.

Falcon1 Jan 12, 2017 03:30pm

Erdogan is becoming increasingly autocratic and thin skinned, when criticized. He has a lot in common with people like Putin, Trump and Netanyahu.

I am beginning to see the alliance between these four - since they all seem to admire each other, and have the same agenda: Power, Land, Wealth.

The Four Men of the Apocalypse is becoming a reality. No coincidence that these four represent the three main religions of the world.

Ahsan Jan 12, 2017 04:57pm

Mr Tayep Erdogan, please wait upto 20 Jan 2017. The new US government will generally undo what the present administration is doing. That will help your case too

javed Jan 12, 2017 05:15pm

Sooner or later Erdogan has to recognize that ignoring the Kurd nation will not make them go away.

El Cid Jan 12, 2017 05:39pm

These US mercenaries should be crushed by Turkey.

Alba Jan 12, 2017 06:11pm

@Ahsan .... The US Treasury Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI and US army still have a good relationship with the Turkish government. Presidents and prime ministers come and go.

Alba Jan 12, 2017 06:17pm

@El Cid ... Where are they going to go? There are families living on ancestral land in Iraq, Turkey and Syria. If the sultan of Turkey had not allied himself with Germany, Turkey would not have lost World War I and Kurdish land might still have belonged to Turkey, or the Kurds might have had their own state.

Mahmood Jan 12, 2017 07:09pm

@Falcon1 - Yes, I agree,

Am Jan 12, 2017 07:57pm

A separate Kurdistan should be curved out of Turkey. Yezidi people should also get their separate homeland out of Iraq and Syria. This will ultimately help to fight against the common enemy.

Anwar Sadiqque Jan 12, 2017 08:49pm

Erdogan was a big supporter of ISIS and was buying their oil. Turkey has a motto something to the extent "We don't interfer in other countries and other countries don't interfer with us". Erdogan has ignored the long standing Turkish mindset.The Kurds are the only effective fighting force to take on ISIS with limited weapons.

Mustafa R. Jan 12, 2017 08:57pm

@javed;

'Sooner or later Erdogan has to recognize that ignoring the Kurd nation will not make them go away.'

He has never ignored the Kurdish nation, but he does want to preserve the integrity of Turkish nation.

Mustafa R. Jan 12, 2017 09:05pm

@Falcon1;

'Erdogan is becoming increasingly autocratic'

Winning 53% of the popular vote and 57% of the seats in the parliament has made him fearless. Look at Trump, he is so cavalier and did not secure even majority vote.

Mustafa R. Jan 12, 2017 09:09pm

@Am;

'A separate Kurdistan should be curved out of Turkey.'

Finally the truth slips out of your mouth, however the Kurdish leadership in Turkey denies that they want a separate nation, they need a facade to fool their own people.

Mustafa R. Jan 12, 2017 09:21pm

@Am;

'A separate Kurdistan should be curved out of Turkey.'

That would be a dream come true for Israel and the West. It would simultaneously destabilize two of the most powerful Muslim countries, Turkey and Iran, and avenge their military defeat in two other, Iraq and Syria. However this dream can very easily turn into a nightmare if not only the effort fails but leads to unity between Turkey and Iran, this would go a long way in bridging the sectarian fissure of the Muslim world.

Javed Jan 13, 2017 01:06am

@Mustafa R. you are right, he has never ignored the Kurds and constantly persecutes them to no end. The integrity of Turkey is dear to all of us, but it should not come at the cost of trampling the rights of a large minority.

Javed Jan 13, 2017 01:12am

@Mustafa R. the definition of a dictator is one who makes himself indispensable and irreplaceable and stifles any and all opposition to the extent that the masses are brainwashed.

syedchaudhrygangadinkhan Jan 13, 2017 04:47am

Erdogan is stuck between Russia and the US. A very difficult situation to be in. How he wiggles his way diplomatically will be the real test of his skills. No mullah is going to be to rescue him.

syedchaudhrygangadinkhan Jan 13, 2017 04:50am

Kurdistan will have to be carved out of Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

KhwarAzmi Jan 13, 2017 07:48am

Turkey is one of the best coutries I have been to. Great lands, great sea sides, great cities, great history, great arcitecture, great people...and yes, great president who has taken his country to great hights. I love him!

Nomi Jan 13, 2017 09:11am

US and it;s proxies responsible for the un peaceful world.

Khalistan, east punjab Jan 13, 2017 11:20am

USA has no right to antoganize its ally by ignoring ally's security concerns. Period!

Khalistan, east punjab Jan 13, 2017 11:25am

@javed Kurds live in not just Türkiye but also Iraq and Syria so why just say that to Türkiye? Unfair.