Turkey-US Frost, Washington’s Condolences Message Rejected After Istanbul Attack

For years, the United States has been accused by Erdogan of handing over weapons to the Kurds responsible for the explosion.

Frost between Turkey and the United States. Indeed, Turkey has rejected US condolences for the deaths of six people in yesterday’s Istanbul bombing, which Ankara blamed on PKK Kurds.

“We do not accept the message of condolences from the US Embassy. We reject it,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on television. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan frequently accuses Washington of supplying weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, considered “terrorists” by Ankara.

However, investigations led to the arrest of Ahlam Albashir, a Syrian woman who yesterday deposited the explosives in Istanbul’s central street of Istiklal, killing 6 people and injuring dozens of other passersby. The woman was arrested this morning along with 46 other people, all accused of participating in the attack that shocked Turkey yesterday, and all linked to the Kurdish separatist terrorist organization Pkk/Ypg, fleeing to northern Syria.

An attack, therefore, orchestrated in Kobane, a mostly Kurdish city located in northern Syria, in an area where Turkey has gradually expanded its sphere of influence in recent years. The suspects were arrested by analyzing footage from 1,200 security cameras.

Source: IL Tempo