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Tensions over the Turkish military offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria between the two NATO partners Turkey and the USA are intensifying. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly warned that he would not stand in the way of a possible Turkish attack on the Kurdish militia YPG. In a speech Tuesday before the faction of his AKP in Ankara, he threatened the stationed in the strategically important city of Manbijk US soldiers with an “Ottoman slap”.
“Of course we will not aim for it on purpose,” Erdogan said with applause. “But we are already announcing that we will destroy and eliminate every terrorist we see, beginning with those who stand next to them, and then they will realize that it would be better for them if they are not next to them Terrorists who they pat on the back, “said the Turkish leader.
In the video below you can see which technique is used in the Ottoman slap: (See Source)
Erdogan added, “It is very clear that those who say ‘We react harshly if they attack us’ have not yet been given an Ottoman slap in their lives.“ The New York Times quoted US General Paul Funk on a visit to Manbijk last week, who, according to the newspaper, said: “If you attack us, we will react harshly and we will defend ourselves. “
Relations between Turkey and the USA have reached a “critical point”
The Turkish foreign minister on Monday complained that relations with the US had reached a “critical point”. “They are either repaired or these relationships are completely damaged,” Mevlüt Cavusoglu explained. On Thursday US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected in Ankara. The main topic should be the Kurdish Causa.
Cavusoglu called on the US “to do what is necessary in Manbij” and to withdraw the troops. He accused Washington of having made “serious mistakes”, which is why the meeting with Tillerson must be about restoring “broken confidence”. Turkey has “clear expectations” of the US, which it has repeatedly transmitted. “We do not want promises, but concrete steps,” said Cavusoglu.
Ally of the USA, enemy of Turkey
The Kurdish militia YPG is the most important US ally in the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic State. Turkey, on the other hand, classifies the YPG as a terrorist because of its close ties to the banned Kurdish PKK workers’ party.
The US openly supplies the Kurds with weapons, trains the fighters and supports them from the air. In the fight against the “Turkish invaders”, the Kurds also enjoy the tacit support of the Syrian regime. Damascus tolerates Kurds bringing fighters and supplies to Afrin through areas controlled by government forces. So the soldiers let hundreds of fighters from the mainly Kurdish inhabited district Sheikh Maksud in Aleppo to Afrin happen. Assad can win so much without using anything.
Full article: Erdogan threatens US with “Ottoman slap” (Kronen Zeitung)
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