Erdogan demands Kurdish militia be excluded from Syria ceasefire

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding that the US-Russia brokered ceasefire agreement for Syria exclude the main Kurdish faction in the country, charging that the People's Protection Units (YPG) is a "terrorist" group.

"Just like Daesh and al-Nusra are excluded from the ceasefire, also PYD-YPG, which is a terror organization just like them, must be excluded within the scope of the ceasefire,” he says at a meeting of local officials in Ankara, using names for Islamic State and al-Qaeda's wing.

The YPG, which is the main faction fighting against Islamic State in Syria, is backed by US airstrikes and also has ties to Russia.

Turkey has grown increasingly upset as the Syrian Kurds seize land from Islamic State and other factions.

Last update: Wed, 22/06/2016 - 15:01
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