High-ranking Turkish government official, Fahrettin Altun has lashed out at his country’s Western allies, saying they must think long and hard about their support for terrorist groups in the region.
The Presidency’s Director of Communications tweeted on Monday after Turkey’s air force carried out a military operation at the border of Syria and Iraq on Sunday, to fight against Kurdish organizations.
They are directly and indirectly trying to destabilize our country. Their support [for terrorists] results in loss of innocent Turkish lives,” Altun wrote on Twitter.
He dismissed the West’s arguments of using terrorists to fight other terrorist as a farce.
“You cannot fight terrorists with terrorists. You can only do it through an alliance of countries committed to fighting terror,” he argued.
“We will not give up this fight. Western material support such as training and providing arms will not dissuade us from our struggle. Terrorists will not win. This is our promise,” Altun said.
“Those who have assured us all these years that PKK/PYD/YPG in northern Syria does not constitute a threat to Turkiye must think again. This group has been fighting our country for more than 40 years and they continue to be a direct threat to our national security.
“The Western policy on Syria has collapsed. The country continues to produce regional terrorism and national security threats to the region. The need for change is urgent but our fight against terror will continue regardless. We will not compromise,” he added.