BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out at the US decision to further arm Kurdish forces in Syria, speaking in Ankara on Wednesday, saying “the fight against the Daesh terrorist organization should not be led with another terror organization.”

“We want to believe that our allies would choose to stand beside us and not on the side of terrorist organizations,” said Erdogan. “I will personally explain our stance on the subject and our concerns over this decision to Mr. (US President Donald) Trump in our meeting on May 16,” he added.

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The US plans to equip Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, (SDF) to combat so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Raqqa, the move is strongly opposed by Turkey who says the fighters are linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which it classes as a terrorist group.

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Does the audience show respect (can chose to not stand) or submission (must stand) when standing while Erdogan arrives at the podium? Is it common in Turkey to show respect in state sittings in this way?

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Erdogan is angry because now it will be harder for him to further his own agenda of creating a pro-Turkish regime in Syria

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YPG has committed no acts of terrorism. Being opposed to Turkey is not sufficient to declare an organization terrorist.

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Not only Erdogan says that PKK and YPG are one. The Kurds themselves say it, too!

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No they are not one like even some Kurdish traitors say. But only the Turk Bazanistan henchmen Kurds say it. The Barzanis were already business partners of the Erdogan family when they all still peddled IS oil. The Barzanistanis also abandoned the Yazidi to IS. And now they want to disarm and drive away the Yazidi YPG trained home security forces on the pretext that they are all PKK. You can forget them and their lying ally Erdolf.