"Biden, who arrived in Turkey late on Thursday for a visit, reportedly said at a meeting with Turkish lawmakers on Friday that the PKK is different from the Syrian Kurdish group the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Davutoğlu responded to these remarks, calling the PYD a "terrorist organization collaborating with the Syrian regime," and saying its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), operates on orders from the PKK leadership based in northern Iraq, as he spoke to a group of journalists en route from Germany to Turkey late on Friday.
At the press conference with Biden, Davutoğlu said the YPG was a part of the PKK and that it gets open support from the PKK, which he said was a threat not only to Turkey but to the entire region. The YPG, Davutoğlu said, is turning into a security risk due to its association with the PKK.
"Turkey considers the Assad [Syrian president Bashar al-Assad] regime, Daesh and the YPG a threat," he said.
He also said only the legitimate Syrian opposition should take part in the upcoming Syria peace talks, apparently ruling out support of possible PYD participation amid reports of Russian efforts pushing for the representation of the Kurdish group in the negotiations." todays zaman
Once again, what is Uncle Joe Biden seeking to accomplish on this trip? Is the real agenda a vacation for him and his lovely wife? The bazaars in Turkey are endlessly fascinating. The cuisine is excellent. The people are a lot like Americans, blunt, forthright, friendly.
But, the AKP government of Sultan Tayyip is an un-named co-conspirator of the Muslim Brotherhood. Tayyip and his little friend Davutoglu (the name means "son of David" He is of Jewish descent.) . These AKP people clearly intend to re-establish something reminiscent of the late Ottoman Empire. Their meddling in Syria and Iraq are evidently seen by them as instrumental to that goal.
The YPG Kurds are now advised on the ground by US Green Berets and supported by both US coalition and Russian air.
Nevertheless, Davutoglu told the world with Uncle Joe at his side that the YPG Kurds are terrorists as dangerous and threatening as IS or the Nusra people that he and his boss support from a Turkish sanctuary base.
Joe avoided agreeing with Davutoglu over YPG, and a follow-on presser with the Sultan was cancelled to avoid more public disagreement but the underlying policy dissonance remains. Does the Obama Administration not see that? Do they think that Tayyip and company are not neo-Ottoman revanchists, irredentists and Islamists? Do they not see that?
BTW, on MTP today Robert Gates blathered on about "no fly Zones" and an Arab/Turkish coalition ground force against ISM. My god! This man was DCI and SECDEF and he does not know that none of that can be done? The Arabs lack the capacity and the will and NFZ would quickly become sanctuaries for jihadis. Mon dieu! pl