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US Rejects Erdogan’s Syria Coalition Claims

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the opening ceremony of Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey, December 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the opening ceremony of Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey, December 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Ankara/Washington: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has evidence that US-led coalition forces give support to terrorist groups including the ISIS and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD, he said on Tuesday.

“They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (ISIS),” he told a press conference in Ankara.

“Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos,” he said.

The US State Department rejected as “ludicrous” accusations by Turkish President Erdogan that US-led coalition forces supported terrorist groups in Syria including ISIS and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD.

State department spokesman Mark Toner there was no was basis for such an accusation.