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Erdogan Blasts U.S. for Ties to Cleric, Support for Kurds

  • ‘Give him to us,’ Turkish leader demands of U.S.-based Gulen
  • Backing Kurds in Syria is a ‘mistake in the eyes of the world’
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Turkey's Erdogan on U.S. as an Ally

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. of failing to live up to its obligations on two issues of vital importance to Turkey by backing Kurdish fighters it considers terrorists and harboring an aging cleric it accuses of fomenting a failed coup.

By giving military support to Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State across Turkey’s border in Syria, America is “doing wrong before the eyes of the world,’’ Erdogan said Thursday in an interview in New York. An international coalition should do that job without relying on the Kurds, he argued. “By giving them weapons, you’re endangering our future.’’