Foreign Ministry spokesman dismisses Pentagon statement calling PKK terrorist a ‘general’ as ‘nonsense’
Turkey defined the statement by U.S. Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning backing a key YPG/PKK figure as “nonsense” on Tuesday.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy in a news conference said: “The Pentagon spokesman once again continued to speak nonsense.”
Aksoy reasserted that the PYD/YPG is an affiliate of the terrorist PKK group and stated he was “sure” that the Pentagon spokesman is aware of the matter.
Manning recently claimed anti-Daesh operations of the YPG/PKK-led SDF in Syria have been put on hold due to Turkey’s Afrin operation. He also called the leader of the YPG/PKK-led SDF, Sahin Cilo, “General”, and added that the Pentagon will continue to support Cilo and the YPG/PKK-led SDF militants.
The PKK has fought a 33-year war against Turkey that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.