Ankara Accuses Syrian Kurds of Plotting Daesh Terrorists' Withdrawal From Raqqa

Postado Novembro 15, 2017

Turkey on Tuesday said it was appalled by the approach of the US Department of Defense towards an agreement between the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State to withdraw Islamic State militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa.

"It is an extremely grave and eye-opening revelation that the so-called "Syrian Democratic Forces" dominated by PYD/YPG, brokered a deal with the terrorist organization Daesh to evacuate a large number of terrorists from Raqqa while the operation to clear Daesh from Raqqa was already underway", the statement read.

"As we have emphasized on every occasion that the goal of the PKK/YPG in Syria is not to fight against Daesh but to create an illegitimate fait accompli on the ground, to occupy territories, and to alter their demographic structures", the ministry said in a written statement on November 14.

After speaking to many of those involved in the evacuation, the British broadcaster said a huge convoy consisting of around 50 trucks, 13 buses and more than 100 Daesh vehicles left Raqqa for Daesh-controlled territory to the southeast.

"The agreement in question has become an example that if a battle is carried out with a terrorist organization, those terrorist organizations will eventually opt to cooperate with each other", it said.

"Seeing that statements from the spokespeople of the global coalition against Islamic State and the US Department of Defence have not denied the existence of the given agreement, but to the contrary said they "respected" it is appalling", Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon defined the deal as part of a "local solution to a local issue". Yıldırım said, "Siding with a terrorist organization for demolishing another terrorist organization is not the kind of work which should be done by states".

"Those Daesh members, who were freed with their weapons, will be able to cause the killing of innocent people, notably in Turkey, Europe and America", he said.