Turkey hits new low: demands US cease supporting anti-ISIS fighters and threatens Yazidis

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Turkey has sunk to yet another low point. Government ministers have issued more statements attacking the US, this time threatening its NATO ally’s continued use of a key airbase if it keeps supporting forces leading the fight against Daesh (Isis/Isil) in Syria. The Turkish regime has also taken its own steps to undermine Kurdish-led anti-terrorist forces. Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik warned that the US would “pay the price” for its strategic support of the PYD (Democratic Union Party), the main political force behind the secular, gender egalitarian, and multi-ethnic Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria. The US has provided logistical support and special forces support to the YPG (People’s Protection Units). These have long been the main frontline attack forces against Daesh in Syria.

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