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Turkey blames US for 'sea of blood' in region

Turkey lashes out at the US for refusing to acknowledge the Syrian Kurdish PYD party as a terrorist organisation.

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Turkey blames US for 'sea of blood' in region

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at Washington for not acknowledging Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) as an extremist organisation.

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You haven't had a grasp of the nature of the groups before now, and that's why the region is a sea of blood.

Last year, US-led airstrikes helped the party’s military wing — the YPG —battle against ISIL in the border town of Kobani.

Erdogan asked the US: “How can we trust you? Is it me that is your partner or is it the terrorists in Kobani?”

He added: “Oh, America. You don’t need to tell us about the PKK, PYD or YPG organisations. We know them very well. We know ISIL and those groups. You haven’t had a (good) grasp of the nature of them before now, and that’s why the region is a sea of blood.”

He added that Washington’s inability to grasp Ankara’s view of the PYD has created a domestic security issue for Turkey.

Ankara considers the party — and by default the military YPG — a terrorist organisation because of its affiliations with Turkey’s PKK Kurdistan Workers’ Party — also listed as a terrorist organisation in Turkey and by NATO and the European Union.

The PKK has carried out a violent, three-decade fight for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey’s south east.

Most recently, one person died after a protest in Diyarbakir against government-imposed clashes in the region turned violent.