BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went on the offensive against Washington on Wednesday after announcing his forces were preparing to kickoff their new offensive east of the Euphrates.
Erdogan accused the U.S. military of continuously supplying weapons to the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG), despite denying that they weren’t giving them heavy arms
“They (the U.S.) said they did not supply heavy weapons when we objected to them arming YPG. They said they will collect the current arms after the threat of Daesh is eliminated. Who are you deceiving? They are talking about a 150 square-kilometer zone where they (Daesh) are active. If it is about this zone, Turkey is ready to immediately eliminate any Daesh presence in the area,” Erdogan said, as reported by the Daily Sabah.
According to Erdogan, the U.S. has failed to live up to its promises in Manbij, which has forced him to take action east of the Euphrates.
“Although Manbij is made up 80-85 percent of Arabs, there are terror organizations there and they are not being honest. They still can’t remove terrorists from there. Then we will do it,” Erdogan added.