Iran chief of staff: Turkey’s bombing campaign against Kurds means direct aid to ISIL

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi warned that Ankara’s attacks against the Kurdish forces would backfire on Turkey and eases the Takfiri terrorists’ access to the Turkish borders.

“The mistake that the Turkish government has made in recent days and attacked the Kurds – who resisted against the ISIL – under the cover of assault on ISIL terrorists will facilitate the access routes of Takfiri terrorists to the Turkish borders,” Firouzabadi said on Wednesday.He described the Turkish government’s attack against the Kurdish population and fighters as a strategic mistake, and warned Ankara to show more care and tactfulness when choosing friends.

“The Turkish, Saudi and Qatari governments shouldn’t count on their alliance with the ISIL; the ISIL wants to rule over the Islamic countries, and Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are no exception,” Firouzabadi stressed.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said on Monday that the Turkish tanks shelled their fighters near Kobani in Northern Syria.

Turkey said it was investigating the claim but insisted that its forces were not targeting Syrian Kurds.

The YPG said its forces had been shelled in the Kurdish-held village of Zormikhar, West of Kobani, on Sunday evening.

It added that, an hour later, one of its vehicles had come “under heavy fire from the Turkish military East of Kobani in the village of Til Findire”.

In a statement on Monday, the YPG said, “Instead of targeting IS terrorists’ occupied positions, Turkish forces attack our defenders’ positions. We urge [the] Turkish leadership to halt this aggression and to follow international guidelines.”

By Fars News Agency