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A youth sits on a barricade as people carrying their belongings walk at the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa, at the Syrian-Turkish border October 22, 2013. Picture taken October 22, 2013. REUTERS photo

A youth sits on a barricade as people carrying their belongings walk at the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa, at the Syrian-Turkish border October 22, 2013. Picture taken October 22, 2013. REUTERS photo

Turkey has recently ceased aiding al-Qaeda-linked groups near the Syrian border, Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader Saleh Muslim has said, according to daily Taraf.

The PYD, which is known as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) wing in Syria, is fighting in northern Syrian towns against al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist groups, in particular the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

“The gangs don’t attack us from Turkey anymore, like they used to do. That is good news. We always said this and we continue saying it: We want friendly relations with Turkey. We do not want independence or a federal structure,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.

Muslim said the recent PYD victories over the militant groups were partially due to the fact Turkey had stopped providing support.

“The international pressure also had an impact. These groups threaten Turkey’s security as well,” Muslim said.

November/08/2013

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sam afg alokozai

11/8/2013 11:34:09 PM

@ Jim Phipps .. who created Al-Qaeda my dear ? the peace loving democratic America created this terrorist group to fight against USSR. that was a shame that Hillary Clinton said that it was a mistake to create Al-Qaeda, so they became rogue and attacked our soil, .. @ TWO SIDED TO EVERY COIN? who need western trust, in afghanistan your western ISAF and nato air dropped ammunation to Taliban to fight Afghan Government, & in other hand talk about fighting taliban, & even video footage is available

ilker avni

11/8/2013 7:36:30 PM

A recent visit by american inteligence officials to Turkey,warned about arms landing in al qaeda hands, David Cohen u.s. inteligence allso claimed Iran was funding Al Qaeda .

Jim Phipps

11/8/2013 3:28:52 PM

So the Turkish Government has been aiding al Qaeda until now. I'm glad that they aren't but is the government rounding them up and jailing them or just ignoring them? I cannot trust this government as a reliable NATO Ally.

Georgios Milopoulos

11/8/2013 1:46:10 PM

Turks helping al -Qaida , Americans killing their leader 2 days before peace negotiation start with Pakistan government.!!!Can someone in this hell we are living tell us what is actually happen?I feel so stupid ....

Can Kent

11/8/2013 12:17:48 PM

We have a prime minister who can't understand why angry birds are angry.

two sides to every coin

11/8/2013 11:35:39 AM

Can you wonder why the West doesn't trust Turkey, what on earth were they doing helping such groups knowingly being involved with al-Qaeda.

Dr. Prof. Novnesense

11/8/2013 11:13:49 AM

This is where the real debate needs to take place, not on what the ak & RTE want to set the agenda on. Are we as a nation happy to have or to support outlawed terrorist groups? A piece in the FT last week openly talked about what was going on here but as usual the "open" media missed it. We need to investigate the present now and not always focus on how to settle old scores from the past.

Black Berry

11/8/2013 11:10:27 AM

Un embarrassing U turn for Davutoglu and Erdogan?
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