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‘Turkey helping ISIL by targeting Kurds’

Turkey attacks on anti-ISIL Kurds strategic mistake: Iran cmdr


Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:4PM

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi



    A top Iranian general has slammed as a “strategic mistake” Turkey’s recent attacks against  Kurdish forces, who are fighting against the ISIL Takfiri terror group.

    Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi made the comments on Wednesday, warning that the Turkish military’s recent attacks against anti-ISIL Kurdish forces facilitate the access of Takfiri extremists to Turkey’s frontiers.

    He said Turkey should be worried about its own nation in the face of ISIL’s “satanic conduct” and those supporting the terror organization, including the “Zionists and the United states.”

    Firouzabadi's comments come after Turkish tanks reportedly shelled four Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria late on Sunday, injuring four fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

    Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters hold their movement’s flag near the Akcakale crossing gate between Turkey and Syria on June 15, 2015. (© AFP)


    Ankara had claimed that its offensive on the northern parts of Syria was solely aimed at undermining ISIL, a Takfiri group which controls territories there and in neighboring Iraq.

    However, in a statement on Monday, the YPG said: Instead of targeting IS (ISIL) terrorists' occupied positions, Turkish forces attack our defenders' positions. We urge [the] Turkish leadership to halt this aggression and to follow international guidelines.

    The senior Iranian military official further criticized Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for providing support to Takfiri terrorists, stressing that such a policy will “sooner or later” backfire and endanger their own security.

    Firouzabadi further advised Ankara, Riyadh and Doha not to count too much on their “alliance with ISIL,” stressing that the Takfiri terror group eyes ruling the entire Islamic countries, and that the three Muslim states are no exceptions.

    Turkey recently launched airstrikes allegedly against the bases of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq as well ISIL positions in Syria after a deadly bomb attack which left 32 people dead in the southwestern town of Suruç, across the border from the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.

    This is while the Takfiri militants operating in Syria have long enjoyed the support of Turkey as well as its Western and regional allies, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    Many media reports have recently that Ankara actively trains and arms the militants in Syria, and also facilitates the safe passage of would-be foreign terrorists into crisis-hit areas.

    In a report published last Sunday, The Guardian quoted an unnamed senior Western official as saying that evidence on direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIL members was “undeniable.”



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