No mentioning of YPG/PYD and Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) as terrorist organizations in the recently released U.S. terrorism report is one of the most obvious examples of the double standard approach, Turkey’s Presidential Cabinet said on Monday.
The Cabinet criticized “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” — issued by the U.S. State Department on Friday.
Not mentioning the YPG, PKK terror group’s Syrian offshoot, and PYD, its political wing, as well as FETO, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, is “one of the most obvious examples of the double standard approach”, said the statement released after the Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“[…] Turkey resolutely continues to fight all terrorist organizations especially PYD and FETO, as well as PKK and Daesh [ISIS],” it added.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.
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