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    Tuesday, 8 August 2017

    Turkey’s President Accuses Germany Of Aiding Terrorists




    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities.

    “Germany is abetting terrorists,” Erdogan told a conference in the Black Sea province of Rize, in
    comments likely to further escalate tensions between the two countries.

    “We gave (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel 4,500 dossiers, but have not received an answer on a single one of them,” he told members of his ruling AK Party.


    Erdogan also revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State.

    Kurdish militia are spearheading an assault against the hardline militants in their Syrian stronghold Raqqa.

    But U.S. backing for the Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria has infuriated Turkey, which views their growing battlefield strength as a security threat.

    There have been regular exchanges of rocket and artillery fire in recent weeks between Turkish forces and YPG fighters who control part of Syria’s northwestern border.

    Turkey, which has the second largest army in NATO after the United States, has reinforced that section of the border with artillery and tanks, and Erdogan said Turkey was ready to take action.

    Reuters





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