Turkish lawmakers slam US on PKK/PYD deal with ISIL

TEHRAN, Nov. 15 (MNA) – Lawmakers of the Turkish ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Wednesday criticized the US over the deal between PKK/PYD and ISIL.

The deal allowed hundreds of ISIL terrorists to escape the besieged city of Raqqah.

"Syria will be the second Vietnam for America," said Metin Kulunk in a news conference on Wednesday, reported Anadolu.

Kulunk, a lawmaker from Istanbul province, said that a section in the US administration wants further deterioration in Turkey-US relations.

He called on the US to stop dealing with PKK/PYD. "If you want to take the control of the region, this has a cost. You take on Turkey, Iran and Russia."

"We are not a colony, but an independent country. The US should respect it," he said.

"The PKK will be cleaned from Raqqah, Afrin and Manbij [in Syria] soon then what will America do? With whom they will talk to?," he asked.

At the beginning of October, the PKK/PYD seized control of Raqqah, the de-facto capital of ISIL, from the terrorist group in a US-backed military operation.

Kulunk said that the US was making efforts to show the PKK as an “adorable entity” "in reply to a common move by Iran, Russia and Turkey" in the region.  

The BBC reported on Monday that the deal was struck between ISIL and the SDF, a US-backed force that consists largely of PKK /PYD.

After speaking to many of those involved in the evacuation, the British broadcaster said a huge convoy consisting of around 50 trucks, 13 buses and more than 100 ISIL vehicles left Raqqah for ISIL-controlled territory to the southeast.

The report said ISIL also withdrew at least 10 vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition and the fighters included foreigners alongside Iraqis and Syrians.

In a news conference in the parliament, Ilyas Seker, lawmaker from northwestern Kocali province, slammed the US for its cooperation with PKK/PYD terrorist organization.

Seker said that the deal between PKK/PYD and ISIL shows the cooperation between the two terrorist organizations.

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