December 05, 2019

Erdogan retreats on demand that NATO label YPG a terrorist group

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Laurie Mylroie

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approached the just-concluded meeting of NATO heads of state in London with the demand that NATO recognizes the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as a terrorist organization, although the YPG has provided the leadership for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Coalition’s main partner against the Islamic State in Syria.

If it did not do so, Erdogan threatened, Turkey would oppose NATO plans for the defense of the Baltic states and Poland. “If our friends at NATO do not recognize as terrorist organizations those we consider terrorist organizations,” Erdogan warned, “we will stand against any step that will be taken here.”

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...