Interview: Kurdish leader calls on EU to stand firm with Turkey or face ISIS

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The European Union could face a wave of ISIS fighters returning from Syria after being polished by fighting unless it adopts firm policy with Turkey by halting, among other measures, EU accession talks or talks, a senior Kurdish leader told Reuters. Business with Ankara.

Ilham Ahmed, a prominent Kurdish politician and head of the executive committee of the Syrian Democratic Council, interviewed Reuters in central London on Friday.
File Reuters – Ilham Ahmed, a prominent Kurdish politician and head of the executive committee of the Syrian Democratic Council, interviewed Reuters in central London on Friday.

US President Donald Trump’s announcement in early October of paving the way for US troops from northeastern Syria paved the way for a Turkish offensive against the YPG, which stood on the front lines of the frontline with the Islamic State.

Trump’s move stunned Britain and France as a betrayal by the Kurds after they lost thousands of fighters in the battle with Islamic State militants in one of the bloodiest chapters of the eight-and-a-half-year Syrian war.

Ilham Ahmed, a senior Kurdish politician and head of the executive committee of the Syrian Democratic Council, said in an interview that the EU should be firmer with Turkey or it would soon face a wave of Islamic State militants arriving in Europe.

“The danger is very high because of the indiscriminate manner in which the United States withdrew. This allowed many (Islamic State) members to flee and will return to their countries to continue their terrorist activities.”

“This is a major threat to Britain and Europe in general.”

Elham Ahmed called on Europe to send 2,000 troops to secure the Syrian-Turkish border, prevent Islamic State fighters from crossing and stop all arms sales to Turkey.

“Our people are being killed by European weapons,” she said.

“Turkey is not the same Turkey that you think you know. It is now a fundamentalist Islamic state, and you in Europe must be aware of that.”

She added that the EU should suspend its accession talks and cancel any trade agreements with it.

“Turkey needs to be scared and it is not now,” she said.

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