Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says the United States must stop cooperating with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Rough cut. No reporter narration.
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. The Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (April 30) that he would ask U.S. President Donald Trump about videos and photographs showing flags of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia flying on an American convoy in northern Syria. Videos and photos circulated on social media appear to show U.S. forces reinforcing presence on the Turkish-Syrian border, after tensions escalated this week with cross-border clashes between Turkish forces and the YPG near the Syrian border. Speaking at a news conference in Istanbul, Erdogan said the United States must stop cooperating with YPG milita. Turkey has intensified attacks on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and its Syrian-Kurdish affiliate, the YPG, in northern Syria. The PKK has carried out a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state Both the United States and Turkey consider it a terrorist organisation. However, the NATO allies disagree on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG, which the United States sees as a useful partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Erdogan considers the Syrian-Kurdish fighters to be a terrorist group and is concerned their advances in northern Syrian could fuel the Kurdish insurgency at home.