Afghanistan was not safer with US presence: - Erdogan -

28 November,

Afghanistan was not safer with US presence: - Erdogan

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Afghanistan was not safer with the US military’s presence in the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Anadolu Agency reports. 

“With the American presence dating back to two decades, the region was not any safer. On the contrary, every day the region lost more blood,” Erdogan said in an interview with CBS News' Margaret Brennan on Tuesday in New York, which was aired on Sunday.

He said the US needs to question its 20-year presence there and departure as well.

Erdogan said Turkey could possibly assume task of securing the airport but on the condition that the US provides logistic support, including financial support and transfer of weapons and ammunition, there to Turkey.

"But such things unfolded there that on the contrary, all the weapons, ammunition and vehicles at Karzai Airport were transferred to the Taliban. At the moment, Taliban are operating there with the American weapons," he said.

“But we are actually accustomed to certain things because similarly, the terrorist groups that attack have unfortunately received logistical support from the US at a very severe extent,” the president said.

"This happened during the previous US administration and is happening under the current administration, too … Terror groups PKK/YPG/PYD should not be backed with weapons," he added.

Erdogan noted that the US and Turkey are both NATO allies, adding: "While we should be in solidarity in NATO, terrorist organizations should not get such support.”

Turkey has long objected to US support for the YPG/PKK in northern Syria, a group the US claims it is allied with to fight Daesh/ISIS. Turkey has said using one terrorist group to fight another makes no sense.

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