Turkey Warns US Decision To Arm Kurd "Terrorists" Is A "Crisis", Gives Trump Chance To "Reconsider"

Tyler Durden's picture

Following yesterday's news that the White House had radically changed its strategy involving Syrian military intervention, and that it had decided to provide weapons to Kurdish militants in the region, we were curious to see just how livid Turkey would be when it inevitably responded to Trump's announcement. One day later we got the answer when the Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik was quoted by Reuters that the U.S. decision to provide weapons for Kurdish militants in the fight against ISIS "is a crisis" and warned it would not benefit the United States or the region.


Isik also said that Turkey should not be expected to support any potential operations in Syria involving "terrorist groups" which leaves open the question whether Turkey would prevent the US from using the critical for the region Incirlik air base, which is also ground zero for many US combat missions involving ISIS.  As expected, Turkey urged the United States on Wednesday to reverse the decision, saying every weapon supplied to the YPG militia constituted "a threat to Turkey".

The decision to supply arms to Kurds would have “consequences” and a potentially “negative result” for Washington, warned Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned on Wednesday.

“We cannot imagine [the US] making a choice between our strategic-level partnership and a terrorist organization,” Yildirim said, quoted by the Sabah daily. “The US administration still has a chance to consider Turkey's sensitivities of highest level on the PKK. If the decision is taken otherwise, this will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the US as well.

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavushoglu also chimed in telling reporters that “if we support the territorial integrity of Syria, we should take lessons from the mistakes we made in Iraq and abstain from making any wrong moves. YPG and PKK are the same entity, there’s no difference between them,” Cavushoglu said, according to NTV broadcaster. “Every weapon which gets into their hands represents a threat to Turkey.”

A third warning came from Turkish Deputy PM Nurettin Canikli who told local TV station A Haber  that “we cannot accept the presence of terrorist organizations that would threaten the future of the Turkish state. “We hope the US will put a stop to this wrong and back down from it. This policy will not be beneficial to anyone; you can’t be in the same sack as terrorist organizations.”

Meanwhile, as Turkey was slamming Trump's decision, the Kurds were praising it, saying it was a “historic” move that greatly expands the group’s capabilities to “fight terrorism.” By now everyone is aware that YPG is a US ally in Syria which Ankara perceives as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group in both Turkey and the US.

Responding to the Turkish laments, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was confident the United States would be able to resolve tensions with Turkey the decision. “We will work very closely with Turkey in support of their security on their southern border. It's Europe's southern border, and we’ll stay closely connected,” Reuters quoted Mattis on Wednesday.

It remains to be seen just how willing Turkey is to "resolve" tensions: an answer will emerge in the next few days when Erdogan is expected to fly to the US. Should he cancel this trip, the answer will be clear. Also, don't stand below the Turkish Lira when any such news hits.

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wisehiney's picture

I can hear the swamp creatures huffing and puffing.

Sucking hard for wind.

Running around in circles.

Just trying to keep up with Trump.


froze25's picture

Maybe he can just threaten the EU with hordes of "refugees" if they don't cave to his demands.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Who is the bigger nut job, the guy in Turkey or the guy in North Korea?  That is a tuffy.

07564111's picture

Who can damage the US more,,Turkey ? or NK ?.

WTFRLY's picture

Erdogan is a high ranking Daesh-bag and he calls the Kurds terrorists? Sigh

HowdyDoody's picture

Which Kurds do you mean? The Kurds that let the terrorist pickup convoys through their checkpoints without any trouble? The Kurds that joined ISIS? The Kurds in Aleppo city that gave sanctuary to the terrorists in city? The Barzani Kurds looting Iraqi oil used to launder oil looted by ISIS? The Kurds that want to split Syria just like ISIS?

The US-supported Kurds are good cop to the US-supported ISIS bad cop. The only decent Kurds are those working with the Syrians towards a peaceful solution whilst maintaining Syrias national integrity.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Exactly.And Jewmerica should stop arming different foreign groups and creating more mayhem everywhere.

Making Merica Great Again's picture

Kurds are terrorist too, just like Erdogan. Both are creations of Obama.

brianshell's picture

Israel supports the Kurds. Nuf said.

Send those Kurd women all the artillary they need.

earleflorida's picture


do i smell a two-front war on syria?

imagine that? northern iraq and nw`jordan.

what could go wrong?

makes all the sense in the world now that NK has been neutralized,... or better yet 'diversionized'!

seriously[?], did trump ever really want to risk wwiii over a spoiled brat?

some food for thought---    "Turkey hints at shuttering Incirlik to US Air Operations"   (and the british coalition, etal.)


and,... "Turkey wants to Buy Russian S-400 to 'Develop Its Own Missile Defense System'"


lastly[?], erdogan will, "NEVER, Ever", allow US to Arm their mortal [*kurdish] enemies! 

*(not even when they solicited the kurdish militia in turkey's eastern province to quicken the armenia genocide!)

slobbermut's picture

Erdogan is tough, ruthless, rabidly extreme Islamic (thus highly antagonistic towards Israel in general) and has a very powerful military (non-nuclear of course)....but he isn't batshit crazy with increasingly sophisticated nukes and threatening the US constantly like the chubby NK nutjob.

Xibalba's picture

sumbody's been watchin'  2much Faux news. 

HowdyDoody's picture

Erdogan is a moderate compared to Gulen, the CIA-supported replacement waiting his chance in Philadelphia. Gulen funds schools for hardcore indoctrination of children.

earleflorida's picture

location, location, location...

 ya ever hear of it?

its called 'Prime real`Estate'... and,

turkey is the gateway to europe and asian (all asia)... trade,without the 'balkanization`BS!

the russian will never let its trading/labor partner go, nor will china let the ussa fuck with the 'Eurasian Silk Road Union' bypassing afghanistan via iran's northeast border if need be?!?

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Do you believe LL of the shit you're told? The nut-jobs are in the US, and well you know it troll.

Raffie's picture

Turn him over to the Kurds and lets see how that works out.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

that is his "nuclear program", human fodder.

Turkey is the Future /doorstep/ of Europe.


slobbermut's picture

Pretty sure he has already played that hand...

Vageling's picture

Maybe the US is teaching the grandeur fools of the EC a lesson:


Crazy delusional bitch wants to play empire. Throws flowers at people shooting her. All will be okay. Er else more austerity for the p eople so bribes can be thrown around.

Since the EU said it, Ghordious approves. He is drawing it on some piece of paper as we speak.

Eli Morgan's picture
Turkey and Pakistan should be booted from NATO.  They are both expanding relations with Russia.  Pakistan just teamed up with China to produce its own Jet fighters.  They want to distant themselves from relying on American armaments.  If not for Pakistan the war in Afghanistan would have long been over.  Turkey is not our friend.  Period.


Gazooks's picture

If any people deserve a sovereign homeland..



..it's the Kurds

peddling-fiction's picture

But there are prophecies to fulfill and a Temple to be erected.

07564111's picture

you going to give up a bit of yours ? or you expect others to once again give some of theirs ?

Crush the cube's picture

Nobody is giving up shit, the Kurds already live on, and own it, from forever. 

07564111's picture

We'll see how this stupid move works out in the future. I think it won't work out good for the Kurds when they're thrown under 3 buses. I also don't see the Kurds as any kind of good guys, there's plenty of blood on their hands.

But then it's all good for escalation ain't ?

Vageling's picture

Funny how people don't notice how Kurds are splintered. PKK, YPG and there's TAK that goes around bringing terror inside Turkey.

Not like any have clean hands, Turks included.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Iran,Turkey,Syria,Russia will not allow a Kurdistan as a new Kosovo for the Zionist interests.Period. So,forget it Jewmerica

Vageling's picture

Errrr... That's not how it works! Unless Syria allows an autonomous state within their sovereign borders, I don't see that happening. And there's Erdogan. Hell bend on destroying it. You see, that land you speak off borders Turkey.

Recipe for disaster. 

And there is Israel, just dying to annex the Golan... 

HowdyDoody's picture

Bullshit. They are Israeli-wannabees. They started ethnically cleansing the largely Arabic city al Qamishli on the eastern Syrian-Turkish border. The other major cities in east Syria - Raqqa and Deir ez Zor are Arab. The Kurds are US-stooges being used to destroy Syria, just as ISIS was until they get hammered by the Syrians / Russians.

Putin has publicly stated that Syrian national integrity is sacrosanct and it is for the Syrian people to decide its fate.

The Kurds will be surrounded by hostile states with good air defense systems (Iran has S-300s, Turlkey and Syria will gain S-400s) which will put the dampeners on US over flights. Land routes will be blocked, so what are they gonna become - oil looting ethnic cleansing terrorists just like ISIS?

farflungstar's picture

Netanyahu already signaled support for a Kurdish state so that's all that matters - another manufactured ally for israel like Jordan.

Seems to me like the Kurds are just used and abused, again and again, only to be discarded in the end.

blue51's picture

So......wiould it be OK if Russia supplied weapons to a " ethnic " group in the US , that wanted its own cordoned/ autonomous region ?? Curious white-boy asking .

blue51's picture

Not racist , just gagging at the precedent.

Kayman's picture

Turkii is the rump left from the Ottoman Empire.  So the Kurds hardly are an "ethnic" group akin to anything within the US. 

07564111's picture

LoL you're not serious are ya.

Fishy Rickster's picture

Lotta Turks out deah.

Lotta dead Christians left to rot in Turkey.

MasterControl's picture

Yeah because that's a close comparison....




Fishy Rickster's picture

The Kurds in Iraq are cut out of weapons we supply the government Bush the brilliant setup.  The Kurds in Syria are alone and under fire by all the other ragheads in the neighborhood, but are a welcome haven to anyone who is not killing others for a moon god.  The Kurds in Iran and Turkey are stepped on by Shiites in one district and Sunnah in the other.  Both have historys of murder of anyone not agreeing to  by Shi--te's part of their sect.

UP the revolution!

reload's picture

USA / ISreal are only pretending to be their friends though. Just another set of people to be used as useful fools and then dropped all over again.

I am not surprised the KUrds are pleased - for now it gives them hope, the double cross and disappointment will come later.

WHat I think can be read into this, is that the SA / Hezbolah / Russian & Iranian forces / advisers are gaining ground fast. The US prefers its proxy 'freedom fighters' aka jihadi headchoppers to its NATO ally Turkey. Redo is a loose cannon, surely this tilts him toward Moscow.

earleflorida's picture

yeah, right!


think of how the shit started in the begin?

it was the sykes-picot agreement between england and france that divvied-up the ottoman with 'mosul' an integral part of turkey's homogenous makeup--- ironically, given to iraq because of its oil, via the baghdad rr stright to the persian gulf in which kuwait was still a portion of iraq. the northwest of syria was turkeys after ww1 and was essential in keeping peace in the volitile multi-cultural north.

its really not that hard to figure out that ethnic/religion and diverse`culture, needs their own space to breathe

cossack55's picture

Now you know how the USSA citizen feels

ChemtrailPilot's picture

This was an awesome move by Trump. Fuck Sultan Erdogan I and his Turkroach hordes!

CrankyCurmudgeon's picture

Trump being, for 15 minutes, what he campaigned as.

Duc888's picture



The Turks just can't kill enough Kurds.  Will this be the third time we fuck over the Kurds and back out?

coast1's picture

Maybe Trump should ask Ivanka what to do...Headline today seriously :Ivanka pressures Trump to push global warming as earth enters ice age"   wtf?  who the fuck is ivanka?   His family should stay out of his business...all of them, people voted for Trump, not the Trump family, especially Ivanka...what the fuck is wrong with these guys?

Kat Daddy's picture

I think that Ivanka and Jared Kushner are WAY LEFT, Zio-communists, and are opposed to the promises made to the people that got Trump selected.  This often happens to the super rich's children, all the Charitable Trusts become tools of Globalist Agenda after the benfactor dies and the Communist NWO children assume management of the endowment.


A. Boaty's picture

This shows the limits of Erdogan's strategy. Fearless Leader has more room to maneuver with a NATO ally because of his statements critical of NATO.

DirtySanchez's picture

Erdo needs a bullet to the head, fast.