Kurds call for an immediate intervention, but Ankara “haggles” and sets conditions
By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara
The black flag of the Islamic State (IS) was erected in a building on the eastern outskirts of Kompani in Syria and the Kurds continue to fight to keep the city from falling in the hands of the jihadists.
Experienced officials say that the jihadists have taken control of strategic hills around the city and the aerial bombardment of the USA are not enough to halt the attacks of the IS.
The leader of the Kurdish organization PYD (an offshoot of the PKK), Salih Muslim, in his surprise visit to Ankara, called for the immediate intervention of Turkey.
The Kurds ask from Ankara to allow passage of trucks originating from northern Iraq, which are carrying ammunitions to Kompani.
At the same time, they highlight the need for anti-tank weapons, since ISIS tanks pound the town.
“We will support Kompani with humanitarian aid, but if the Assad regime is not terminated, the Islamic State will continue to increase its power”, Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview to the television network CNN.
According to Kurdish sources, Ankara has set three conditions to give the go ahead for help. For the Kurds to stop their cooperation with the Assad regime and join forces with the opposition of the Syrian President, to never declare the area where they live autonomous, and to avoid dangerous movement in the border (with the PKK).
The leader of the PYD referred to the conditions set by Turkey as “unacceptable”. “Turkey tells us one thing and does another; members of IS still cross the syrian-turkish border at their leisure”, he said.
Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, in an announcement stressed that “the Alliance will stand beside Turkey if deemed necessary for the protection of the country from the attacks of the Islamic State (IS)”.