January 12, 2017 / 7:43 AM / 7 months ago

Turkey hopes Trump will stop backing Syrian Kurdish YPG - defence min

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) rides on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon in the Ghwairan neighborhood of Hasaka, Syria, August 22, 2016. The Arabic on the wall reads, "Bashar al-Assad is the glory and the pride of the nation."Rodi Said/File Photo

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey hopes the incoming U.S. administration under President-elect Donald Trump will "correct the mistake" of allying with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the fight against Islamic State, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday.

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the PKK militant group, which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.

Isik was speaking at a conference of Turkish ambassadors in the capital Ankara.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Daren Butler

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