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Turkey blames US for 'sea of blood' in region

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Turkey blames US for 'sea of blood' in region

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

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.