In the wake of two members of the Turkish military being savagely burnt to death by ISIS jihadis, Erdogan has launched a stinging attack on the Obama government, accusing it of supporting the terror cell – just as Russia began cozying up to America over a Syria peace deal.
The 62-year-old, who recently survived a military coup, told a press conference in Ankara: “They (US) were accusing us of supporting Islamic State.
“Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos.”
But it has emerged Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has just discussed a peace plan for Syria with US Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call, a move which is likely to have angered the Turkish leader.
And now America has hit back, with the US State Department calling Erdogan’s comments “ludicrous”.
President Erdogan has not yet substantiated his claims of “evidence”, but it is understood to relate to alleged occasional American support for ISIS at times when a terrorist victory would be in the best interests of the Obama regime.
He accused America of supporting the Kurdish branches of ISIS, the YPG and PYD.
Turkey has rushed tanks and heavy weapons to its border and blamed the US-led coalition for inadequate air support after Erdogan’s forces encountered deadly resistence from ISIS militants – 14 Turkish troops were killed.
ISIS claims it has killed 70 Turkish soldiers during the conflict and just a few days ago the warped death cult released a video of two Turkish men being burned alive.
Turkey has entered into an arrangement with Russia and Iran whereby Erdogan’s forces will be awarded the strategic city of al-Bab should they wrestle it from ISIS’ clutches.