Daesh terrorists in Syria’s Raqqa who were evacuated by the U.S., and Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) alliance in accordance with the policies of Brett McGurk, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh have been transported to safety points. McGurk, who provides both weapons and logistical support to two terrorist organizations operating under U.S. guidance, has also targeted victims of terror in Turkey. Victims of the U.S.’s terror support to the PKK say that if legal support is provided, they will use all their legal rights.
A BBC report titled “Raqqa’s dirty secret” exposed a secret deal with the U.S.-PKK that enabled hundreds of Daesh terrorists to flee Syria’s Raqqa.
US backs PKK/PYD deal to allow Daesh to flee Raqqah
U.S. Department of Defense Spokesman on Iraq and Syria Eric Pahon said Washington was not a part of the secret deal reached between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)/Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Daesh to evacuate terrorists from Syria’s Raqqa, but that it respected the agreement.Pahon described the secret deal as a “local solution to a local problem.”Pahon said that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reached an agreement with Daesh following aerial bombardment of Raqqa by the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh.“We may not always agree fully with our partners, but we respect their resolving their own problems,” Pahon said.“The central priority here was the protection of civilian lives and the arrangement was reached by our partners and their local affiliates,” he added. PKK, US helped Daesh terrorists flee Raqqa: BBC reportPahon said that the agreement was made by the so-called Raqqa Civil Council, which was established by the PKK/PYD and the Arab tribal leaders.He said it aimed to provide civilians and families “an opportunity to leave the city and to allow the tribal leaders an opportunity to reconcile and reintegrate Syrian men who had been under ISIS [Daesh] control during its brutal three-year regime.”Pahon denied that any representatives of the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh participated in the withdrawal negotiations although they were “present at the discussions”.He added that a senior official from the U.S.-led coalition observed the agreement saying that all the civilians who fled Raqqa were searched, and that Daesh terrorists, including foreign fighters, were arrested.Video: US evacuates Daesh terrorists from Syria's RaqqaThe statements come after a BBC report titled “Raqqa’s dirty secret” exposed a secret deal with the U.S. and PKK that enabled hundreds of Daesh terrorists to flee Syria’s Raqqa and “spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.”Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the Western coalition against Daesh, claimed the U.S. only permitted approximately 250 Daesh members to flee.“We didn’t want anyone to leave,” said Col. Dillon, adding “But this goes to the heart of our strategy, ‘by, with and through’ local leaders on the ground. It comes down to Syrians – they are the ones fighting and dying, they get to make the decisions regarding operations.”The PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK, was among the U.S.-backed SDF to take Raqqa from Daesh. The U.S. has supported the SDF, which consists of the PKK/PYD and other groups, in fighting Daesh in Syria but has largely ignored its links to the PKK. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
Wanted terrorists embraced
Hundreds have been martyred in both Turkey and Syria as a result of the weapons and logistic support of McGurk to the PKK and his policies that opened the region to Daesh. Allegedly, terrorists who were involved in bombings in Turkey and are responsible for over 300 deaths were among the terrorists evacuated from Raqqa. Legal sanctions against the countries who aid PKK terrorists and those who actively take part in this assistance are being considered.
Legal sanctions should be applied
Legal professionals reacting to the evacuation of terrorists described the situation as “not only Turkey’s problem but also the problem of the whole world,” and added that McGurk could be tried by the Turkish judiciary. Those who are not a part of the terror organization’s hierarchy but knowingly and willingly aid the organization can be punished as an organization member according to the Turkish Criminal Code. This is applicable even if the offense is committed outside Turkish borders by foreigners. Turkey has the right to take the matter to the UN.
Ready to open a case
Families of martyrs say they are ready to sue McGurk for supporting the PKK and financing the terror organization if the authorities are back them.
“I sacrificed my father for the sake of the nation. I could open a case against McGurk, who supports the PKK’s treacherous attacks and finances them, so long as the state supports me. If documents proving he is supporting the PKK are provided, I am willing to sue him,” said Mehmet Güner, head of the Association of Martyrs' Aid, Social Cultural and Solidarity Association.
"Whoever is guilty should be brought to court with the necessary documents. We, as the families of martyrs, expect support from the authorities and we want them to stand behind us,” he added.
Since the PKK launched its terror campaign in Turkey in 1984, tens of thousands of people have been killed, including more than 1,200 since July 2015 alone.
US 'continuing mistake' of backing PKK/PYD terror group
The U.S. is “continuing its mistake” of backing terror groups such as the PKK/PYD in the region, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday.Speaking before the parliament's plenary and budget committee, Çavuşoğlu slammed the U.S over its reported support for the deal between the PKK/PYD and Daesh terror groups."The U.S is continuing its mistake," the foreign minister said.He said the U.S. had backed the PKK/PYD for its tactical purpose. "We told them we cannot accept this."Çavuşoğlu also pointed out the U.S had not denied reports about cooperation between the PKK/PYD and Daesh terror groups.Turkey detains at least 60 security officials over FETÖ links"We will continue expressing the danger of cooperation with terrorist organizations," the minister added.The BBC reported on Monday that a deal had been struck between Daesh and the SDF, a U.S.-backed force that consists largely of PKK/PYD terrorists, in Syria's Raqqah.After speaking to many of those involved in the evacuation, the British broadcaster said a huge convoy consisting of around 50 trucks, 13 buses and more than 100 Daesh vehicles left Raqqah for Daesh-controlled territory to the southeast.PKK, US helped Daesh terrorists flee Raqqa: BBC reportThe report said Daesh also withdrew at least 10 vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition and the fighters included foreigners alongside Iraqis and Syrians.Çavuşoğlu also reiterated the importance Turkey gives to stability and the future of Syria."We see the mistakes, which have been done in Iraq, are now being repeated in Syria as well," he said.He called for more cooperation with Syrians instead of with terrorist organizations in Syria.Video: US evacuates Daesh terrorists from Syria's Raqqa'US role in PKK/PYD deal with Daesh cannot be ignored'İbrahim Karagül: The West is at war with IslamPYD spokesman Talal Sillo surrenders to Turkey
UN session should be held
According to the Turkish Criminal Code, an investigation may be launched against persons who helped kidnap people, said Cavit Tatlı, the chairman of the Lawyers Association.
"Prosecutors should initiate an investigation. Turkey has the right to take initiative with the UN. The evacuation of these people is not only a problem for Turkey, but also a problem for the whole world. These dangerous people may conduct attacks, and Turkey may prevent the evacuation of terrorists elsewhere if it instigates a UN investigation. If you are a strong country like the U.S., you can barter with terrorists and nobody will say anything. But if Turkey, which is the country fighting the most against Daesh, they will portray you as protecting Daesh. Turkey has to use all of its legal rights to prevent this,” Tatlı said.
Lawyer Cüneyt Toraman said that it is possible to sue those who support terrorist organizations in international law.
"We have the right to file lawsuits against those who support terrorist organizations. According to our laws, we cannot sue a state but we can sue individuals. With the evidence and documents we have, we can open a compensation case for the families of martyrs,” Toraman said.
Turkish presidential aide slams US over PKK-Daesh deal
President Tayyip Recep Erdoğan’s aide on Friday criticized the U.S. over a deal between PKK/PYD and Daesh terrorist groups.The recent deal allowed hundreds of Daesh terrorists to escape besieged Syrian city of Raqqah. BBC reported last Monday that a huge convoy consisting of around 50 trucks, 13 buses and more than 100 Daesh vehicles left Raqqah for Daesh-controlled territory to the southeast.“The disturbing question no one in Washington wants to ask is who will stop these released terrorists from becoming the next suicide bombers in a major world capital,” Ibrahim Kalın, presidential aide, wrote on Friday.Kalın, who is also President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman, expressed his views in a column, headlined “Syria: What is next?”“The details of the deal they struck to let hundreds of Daesh terrorists out of Raqqa show once again the utter poverty of the policy of having one terrorist organization fight another,” Kalın said.US involved in fight on the ground in Syria alongside YPG terrorists, says ErdoğanThe PYD and its military YPG wing are Syrian branches of the PKK, which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years.Since the PKK launched its terror campaign in Turkey in 1984, tens of thousands of people have been killed, including more than 1,200 since July 2015 alone.The U.S. and the coalition have largely ignored the PYD/PYG links to the PKK, which the U.S., EU, and Turkey list as a terrorist group.US media silent on US support of PKK/PYD-Daesh dealKalın also emphasized that Syria should not have a place for the Assad regime in the future.“As far as Russians and Iranians are concerned, they should realize that keeping Assad in power is not the way to protect their interests in Syria”, Kalın said.He added that these issues will be addressed on Wednesday at a trilateral summit of presidents Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Russia’s Sochi as an extension of Astana talks.Turkey and Russia, together with Iran, are the guarantor countries who brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016 leading to the Astana, Kazakhstan talks, which are being held in parallel to UN-backed discussions in Geneva to find a political solution to the six-year conflict.The eighth round of Astana talks is expected to be held in the second half of December.
'Turkey has evidence of US arming terror groups'
Turkey will "soon" share evidence that the United States has supplied the PKK/PYD terrorist organization with arms, the country's foreign minister said Friday. Speaking to foreign media representatives in Istanbul, Mevlut Cavusoglu said the U.S. "is repeating a mistake" with the approval of secret cooperation between the Daesh and PKK/PYD terrorist groups in Syria. A recent PKK/PYD deal to allow hundreds of Daesh terrorists to escape Raqqa has received a strong reaction from Turkey. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon on Tuesday defended the deal, saying it was part of a "local solution to a local issue". But Cavusoglu warned that "YPG [PKK/PYD] is gaining more and more territory, which is a very risky development". Referring to the "good cooperation between YPG and Daesh - between two terrorist organizations,” he said: "Nobody denies it. We have been telling our U.S. allies and others in the coalition that there is no difference between YPG and the PKK and that YPG is not fighting for freedom or the unity of the country but fighting to gain more territory in the country." Criticizing the U.S. for not keeping its promise that PKK/PYD forces would withdraw from Raqqa, he said: "They have not been able to pull back YPG from any town... Now, you see the statement which said they would continue to work with YPG." "We are going to share soon the photos and evidence showing weapons that the U.S. has been giving to YPG and also weapons made in other coalition states, including Germany." - Afrin: a serious threat As for the northwestern Syrian province of Afrin, the minister said there were also terrorists in the region which targeted Turkey. "They attack our security personnel, and they are using the weapons given by some countries in the coalition," he said. "Afrin poses a serious threat to our national security. So wherever there are terrorists, we need to eliminate them." The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are reportedly planning to set up 12 observation and security points in Idlib as part of the Astana peace process while preparing to extend the operation to Afrin and Manbij. Turkish troops will be deployed to strategic points in Idlib, near its border with Afrin and Manbij, to monitor the region to prevent clashes between Syrian opposition fighters and Assad regime forces as well as outline a plan for an upcoming operation in the other two areas. The Turkish military has already established six observation posts across Idlib. Cavusoglu said the main role of the observers was to find out "who is violating the ceasefire". "It is not an easy task," he said. "We need to identify all the radical groups and we need to eliminate them." The minister also shared that Turkey had stopped and deported more than 5,000 foreign fighters in the past 4-5 years. Around 3,000 others are under arrest in Turkey, he said. - Upcoming Syria talks in Sochi On the Astana talks, Cavusoglu said: "We have been cooperating with Russia and we made a lot of progress." "It has been a transparent process," he said. "Russia did a great job there. Turkey also has been a main actor and Iran also contributed. We agreed to make an assessment of the achievements." Cavusoglu said both Turkey and Russia supported a political solution and the territorial integrity of war-torn Syria. He underlined the need for "a transition period" during which he said all sides should be united. The foreign ministers of Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet in Turkey's Mediterranean city of Antalya on the weekend ahead of a trilateral meeting on Syria in Russia’s Sochi city next Wednesday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take part in the meeting in the Russian resort on Nov. 22 as well as his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The three guarantor countries will discuss the progress on reducing violence in Syria and de-escalation zones which were established after the Astana talks. - Relations with the U.S. Asked about bilateral relations between Turkey and the U.S., the minister said: "Overall, I cannot say that I am very much disappointed with Mr. Trump." However, he added that the U.S. policy towards PKK/PYD "has unfortunately not changed".The PKK/PYD is considered by Ankara as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror organization that has waged a more than 30-year war against the Turkish state, causing some 40,000 deaths. The U.S. and the coalition have largely ignored PYD/PYG links to the PKK, which the U.S., EU, and Turkey lists as a terrorist group.Also reminding about another problem between the two states - the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, the minister said: "We requested his extradition, and we have submitted all the evidence that he was behind the failed coup ... Meanwhile, we requested (his) temporary arrest and a full investigation." He said none of the demands were met. "OK, extradition might take some time, but we needed to see the investigation. "Gulen has been threatening us from there and still is free enjoying everything," he said. FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016 which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary. Cavusoglu stated that there were many reports that FETO had violated and infiltrated the American system. "It is very interesting that there is no investigation of him," he said. The minister also talked about the arrest of a local employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul over alleged ties to FETO. Following his arrest, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services to Turkish nationals. A month later, the embassy announced visa applications were being processed on a limited basis at its diplomatic missions in Turkey. The U.S. had claimed the decision to resume visa services came after Turkey’s assurance that no additional local employees of the U.S. mission would be investigated, detained or arrested. Cavusoglu said: "We did not give any assurance. They asked whether there was another investigation and we said no." Also touching on Turkish businessman Riza Sarraf, who has been in jail in the U.S. pending trial, the minister said Turkey sent a second diplomatic note on Wednesday to the U.S. asking it to clarify Sarraf’s condition following some media reports. He was arrested last year on fraud and Iran sanctions-related charges. "When you look at the indictment of Mr. Sarraf, it is also a FETO-motivated one. This is for sure." Cavusoglu said FETO could not "succeed in the coup" and is now "trying to get U.S. support". Underlining the importance of keeping the dialogue channels open, he said: "I am sure we will overcome our bilateral issues through dialogue."