Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a blunt put-down against White House national security advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkish non-aggression against Kurds who fought against the Islamic State in Syria.
“We cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel,” the Turkish president said on Tuesday morning, adding that Bolton made a “serious mistake,” Reuters reported.
He was referring to statements by the senior Trump administration official, made from Israel over the weekend, promising safety for the U.S.-allied Kurdish militias — who dominate areas in Northern Syria and whom the Turks view as terrorists — in the event of a U.S. military withdrawal.
The Kurdish YPG, widely seen as the most effective U.S. local partner in the fight against IS, sees the move as leaving them open to Turkish assault.
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