James Jeffrey on the US not living up to its commitments with the Turks

“Based on my 35 years of experience, if you do not keep your promise to the Turks, you will regret it,” Jeffrey said in a BBC radio interview.

Referring to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s request to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) that its forces retreat to the east of the Euphrates during his last visit to Ankara, Jeffrey said that the presence of the PYD, which is the Syrian-offshoot of the PKK is a clear menace to Turkey.

Jeffrey went on to say that the PYD’s aims go beyond fighting DAESH/IS, claiming the organization has also long been trying to a establish a “Kurdish corridor” through to the Mediterranean Sea. Jeffrey continued: “Turkey is fighting both this threat and DAESH/IS, and the U.S. officially said they are supporting Turkey’s battle”, adding that the US should actually get down on the ground and start fighting DAESH/IS itself.

Listen to the BBC radio interview below: