By Ismail Hakki Demir</p> <p>KAHRAMANMARAS, Turkey (AA) – Turkey is a friend that stands by oppressed peoples, including people in northern Syria under the PKK/YPG terrorist thumb, said the spokesman of Turkey's ruling party on Monday.</p> <p>“The Republic of Turkey is a unique friend for those who seek it. The Republic of Turkey is a unique, giving friend which will never let down its friends or put its friends in a difficult situation,” said Omer Celik, at an event introducing mayoral candidates of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the province of Kahramanmaras.</p> <p>Turkey is the only friend of Turkmens, Arabs, Kurds and all friendly people in the region and in Syria, said Celik.</p> <p>The terrorist PKK/PYD in northern Syria will never be allowed to pose a threat to Turkey, he stressed.</p> <p>Turkey has said a counter-terrorist operation against the PKK/YPG in northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River, will happen soon.</p> <p>Using the excuse “We’re fighting against Daesh,” there are actors trying create a political formation for the terrorist PKK/PYD/YPG, said Celik, adding that Turkey will never allow this threat to its national security.</p> <p>In its 30-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK is responsible for some 40,000 deaths. The PYD/YPG is its Syrian branch.</p> <p>U.S. troops in Syria have been cooperating with the YPG/PKK to fight Daesh, against Turkey’s objections that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.
On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to “devastate ” Turkey's economy if it attacked the “Kurds ” in Syria, meaning the terrorist PKK/YPG.
Turkey rejects any conflation of “Kurds ” with terrorist groups, stressing that the PKK/YPG terrorizes Kurds, Turkmens, and Arabs alike.