Turkey Threatens to Release ISIS Prisoners over EU Sanctions


In Syria, Turkish army units and Turkish-backed militias have been accused of possible war crimes in the killing of Kurds, who led the USA -backed fight against Islamic State militants. "And it's a serious danger", he warned.

In recent weeks, Turkey arrested many people close to the former Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who recently died during a USA raid. "The Turkish aggression opened the space and provided hope for ISIS members", Kobane told Sky News.

These include Turkey's 1974 invasion of Cyprus, repeated violations of Greek airspace by Turkish fighter jets, Ankara's incursion into northern Syria and the purchase of Russian-made S-400 defense missiles which are incompatible with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation systems. "They take him or not; not our business", he said.

Turkey's offensive was facilitated by President Donald Trump, who abruptly ordered the withdrawal of USA troops stationed alongside SDF forces.

The president's last visit to Washington was in 2017.

"We want to start a new era on issues regarding the security of both countries". UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for further global cooperation to resolve the issues related to foreign fighters.

Kobane accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Operation Peace Spring, which is seeking to clear the Kurds from 20 miles into Syria, of giving ISIS militants "hope" and "clearing space" for them to operate.

However, Trump shrugged off those concerns in his remarks on Wednesday.

Several questions from reporters centered on the impeachment inquiry and Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Kobane said that the SDF could not foretell what will happen to these prisoners.

The changing balance in Syria means that the future is uncertain, Kobane said.

Kobani claimed that Turkey is actively driving the ISIS resurgence.

Amnesty International recently released a report documenting killings, human rights violations and possible war crimes caused by Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria. Turks have not been killed in significant numbers in north-eastern Syria, nor is there evidence of attacks on Turkey being launched from the area.

"Yes. It's a big allegation and there's evidence of it". He suggested Turkey has also supported fighters from Al-Qaeda and its Syrian affiliate the Al-Nusra Front.

Erdogan was asked a question about his attitude with regards to Muhammed Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher and leader of the Gülenist movement, which the Turkish government regards as a terrorist group and which Erdogan holds responsible for the 2016 attempted coup d'etat against him.

Trump and Erdogan have good chemistry and the United States president often seems to get along better with foreign strongmen than traditional U.S. allies in places such as Western Europe or Canada. "They promised they will address this issue". A spokesman said he did not know whether any were Islamic State fighters, but did not contest their citizenship.

Kobani is wanted by Turkey.

In October, Trump moved US troops in Syria out of the way of invading Turkish troops, a decision that critics said amounted to abandoning America's Kurdish allies to be attacked. Ankara considers the YPG to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), designated a terrorist group.

"The administration is breaking the law by ignoring this provision [of CAATSA] and kowtowing to Ankara", Menendez said last week on the Senate floor.

"Otherwise, we have fear about the battle against ISIS and the safety of our population", Kobani added.