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Turkey hopes Trump will stop backing Syrian Kurdish YPG - defence min
January 12, 2017 / 7:43 AM / a year ago

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

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.

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." REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo

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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