Former President Barack Obama said in 2012 that he had formed valuable “friendships” in the Middle East, one of which included Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
That friendship now appears to be useless after Turkey launched several strikes against U.S.-backed forced in Syria and Iraq.
According to “The Daily Caller,” Turkish forces carried out around 39 strikes, killing five soldiers with the Kurdish peshmerga and 18 with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Turkish media releases pictures of army chief Huslu Akar when he monitoring the airstrikes that bombed 39 positions in Iraq & Syria Tuesday, pic.twitter.com/TIbqpFwT5b
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Turkey has long disliked the Kurds, who believe they have historical rights to some of the land that Turkey claims as their own.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Turkish officials said they were attempting to hit targets belonging to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK. The PKK, according to a Turkish military statement, had been attempting to sneak munitions into Turkey.
Given the level of collateral damage against American-backed forces, however, it’s pretty clear that either this was an exceptionally poor decision by a putative ally, or the Turkish government really didn’t mind the deaths of American allies.
“The death of the peshmerga is regrettable and the strike on the peshmerga by Turkish warplanes is unacceptable,” a statement from the Peshmerga read, according to Agence France-Presse.
Erdogan has been involved in controversy in the past. Last July, he put down an attempted coup and began purging many of his opponents. In 2012, Obama said he had a “effective working relationship and friendship” with him.
“I think that if you ask them, Angela Merkel or Prime Minister Singh or President Lee or Prime Minister Erdogan or David Cameron would say, ‘We have a lot of trust and confidence in the president,’” Obama said.
“We believe what he says. We believe that he’ll follow through on his commitments. We think he’s paying attention to our concerns and our interests. And that’s part of the reason we’ve been able to forge these close working relationships and gotten a whole bunch of stuff done.”
So much for being able to trust Turkey. It is unacceptable that they are attacking groups that are fighting ISIS.
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