A senior Syrian Kurdish leader claimed Friday that the Turkish government has stopped supporting the Takfiri militant groups operating inside Syria
A senior Syrian Kurdish leader claimed Friday that the Turkish government has stopped supporting the Takfiri militant groups operating inside Syria.
Salih Muslim, the leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Turkish newspaper Taraf that, “Turkey has withdrawn its support for al-Qaeda linked groups al-Nusra and the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), or at least that’s how it looks.”
“Armed groups are now unable to enter through Turkey to attack us like they used to. This makes us very happy. We hope Turkey upholds this approach. Like we always said, we want to be allies of Turkey. We are not seeking independence or a federation,” Muslim said.
In the recent weeks, Kurdish fighters have inflicted heavy losses on the al-Qaeda-linked groups such as the ISIL and al-Nusra in northern Syria.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also said earlier on Thursday that Ankara is not providing shelter or backing to al-Qaeda-linked groups such as al-Nusra in Syria.
Turkish media, however, gave coverage to a report by American news channel CNN showing Turkey being used by al-Qaeda-linked groups to smuggle militants to Syria.