BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar slammed the recent photo of U.S. soldiers having dinner with the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.
“These photos have found wide coverage in our media and disturbed our people. They tarnished the image of the U.S. and its army… for the Turkish public,” Hulusi Akar said at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada.
In response to the photo, the Turkish Defense Minister said that he expects the U.S. to cut all ties with the YPG.
“We expect U.S. to stop cooperation with the YPG terror group as promised,” he said
“It is unacceptable for the U.S. to provide arms and ammunition by plane and trucks to the YPG terrorist group even when Daesh has been neutralized to a large extent,” Akar said, adding that Turkey would never allow a terror corridor along its southern border.