Turkey says YPG are terrorists, PYD just a political party

The army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been expanding its ground operations in a rural area of Latakia inhabited by Bayir-Bucak Turkmens in a military operation supported by Russian forces, according to reports from the region.
Assadand’s forces launched simultaneous attacks on the Firinlik, Acisi and Avanli regions in a mountainous area where Turkmens live on the border with Turkey, Al Jazeera Tandurk reported on Friday. The attacks appear to be targeting Turkmen villages and moderate Syrian opposition forces.
Syrian regime forces started a ground military operation close to villages in the Gimam area a few days ago. There are about 50 Turkmen villages in the area.
In the meantime, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov following the Assad regimeand’s attacks on the Turkmen villages. Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiandc said on Friday that Ambassador Karlov was told that the bombing of Turkmen villages is not part of the fight against terrorism and that the military operation should be stopped immediately.
Bilgiandc said in a statement that Russian aircraft are pounding villages where Bayir-Bucak Turkmens live in an area close to Turkeyand’s Yayladai border gate. He stressed that Karlov was warned that Russiaand’s bombing of civilian Turkmen villages may cause serious consequences and the military operation should be ended. He also said Turkey has extended the same warnings to Russian President Vladimir Putinand’s Middle East special envoy and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
Sultan Abdandulhamit Brigade commander andOmer Abdullah, who is fighting against the Assad forces in one of the Turkmen brigades, told Al Jazeera that in Acisu and Firinlik, the situation is very critical and the regime forces have taken control of a number of strategic points. Abdullah also said that some Turkmen villages on the border have been targeted by regime forces both from the air and the ground. According to Abdullah, a large number of Turkmens have left the area and flocked to the Turkish border. He stressed that Russian forces are also pounding the area and helping the Assad regime and Shiite militants to open up a corridor in the region. Abdullah said Turkmens still have the control of 27 villages in the region and there are about 100,000 people living there.
Syrian regime forces launched ground offensive into the villages of Gimam three days ago. Meanwhile, the Turkish Red Crescent has delivered two loads of humanitarian aid to the Bayirbucak Turkmen area including food, medical supplies, clothes, blankets and school supplies.
The aid distribution official on the Syrian side, Mohammed Komarja, said the supplies would be distributed to civilians and schools in the region.
Mevlandut andcavuioilu, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman responsible for foreign relations, said on Friday that and”Turkmen brothers of Turkey are not alone.and” Speaking to the press, andcavuioilu also said that those who support Assad should know that what he is doing in Syria is and”state terrorism.and”
h2Former diplomat calls on AK Party to change Syria policiesh2 Meanwhile, Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) Ardahan deputy andOztandurk Yilmaz, who was taken hostage by the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in June 2014 when serving as Turkeyand’s Mosul consul general, criticized Turkeyand’s policies in Syria, saying that the government needs to change its policies because they do not further the countryand’s interests. Speaking to Todayand’s Zaman on Friday, Yilmaz said if Turkey does not change its current policies in Syria, it may be affected negatively by future developments. Yilmaz was hailed as a hero by the AK Party government after he was freed along with other Turkish hostages last year after three months in captivity.
Yilmaz also pointed out that the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is considered by the US and Russia to be a leading force in the fight against ISIL and with a new constitution, Syria will have a federal structure similar to Iraq, leading to an autonomous Kurdish area in northern Syria. and”What will happen to the Turkmens in Aleppo then? They are not being counted in the future of Syria. They are viewed as a minority. Are Turkmens going to be one of the founding parties in the country?and” asked Yilmaz.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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