Erdogan slams NATO partners for abandoning Turkey in northern Syria

Erdogan slams NATO partners for abandoning Turkey in northern Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Turkey’s NATO partners for abandoning Ankara in its fight against Islamic State in northern Syria.

Turkey launched ground operations in northern Syria in August to fight Islamic State and also Kurdish groups who had carved out an autonomous zone amid the chaos of the ongoing civil war.

But Erdogan claimed that neither NATO states nor other allied forces in the region demonstrated “even the smallest bit of support’’ in Turkey’s offensive to capture the city of al-Bab, according to report.

“We are your NATO ally, how on earth can you support terrorist organisations and not us? Are these terrorist organisations your NATO allies? This is unacceptable,’’ Erdogan said.

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Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan primarily accused the United States of supporting groups that “murder innocent people’’ in the region.

The U.S. has already rejected Erdogan’s allegations that it supported Islamic State or delivered weapons to the Kurdish militia in Syria, against which Turkey is also fighting. (dpa/NAN)

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