Turkey’s Erdoğan: US is Airdropping Weapons to Kurdish Militia YPG
23 Sept 2016 – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that the US is airdropping weapons to the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria, but that American Vice President Joe Biden insisted he did not know about the operations. Erdoğan said he told Biden about two planeloads of arms delivered to the YPG in the border town of Kobani, as the two men met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. He claimed Biden responded by saying that he was unaware of the incident.
“I told him I am aware of it,” Erdoğan said.
The President said the US had sent weapons in the past to the YPG, the military branch of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), and that half had ended up in the hands of the Islamic State. Erdoğan’s statement follows a report in The New York Times on Thursday that the Obama Administration is considering a plan to send arms directly to the YPG, which Ankara considers a part of the “terrorist” Turkish Kurdish insurgency PKK.The US has supported the YPG as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, formed in autumn 2015 to fight the Islamic State, but has not publicly revealed direct shipments to the Kurdish militia. www.mesop.de