US 'critical of Turkey's inaction over ISIS'

2014-10-08 14:55
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Washington - Washington is concerned by Turkey's reluctance to engage Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobane, a news report said on Wednesday.

"There's growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from its border," an unnamed senior administration official was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

Islamic State is close to taking the town of Kobane, in the ethnic Kurdish area of Syria, from the defending Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), officials said on Tuesday, as US-led airstrikes pounded the militants' positions.

"After all the fulminating about Syria's humanitarian catastrophe, [Turkey is] inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe," the official said.

"This isn't how a Nato ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone's through from their border."

US officials dismissed Turkey's excuses for inaction, saying the request for a no-fly zone over northern Syria made no sense as the frequent US-led air force sorties in the area already effectively kept enemy aircraft away, the report said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu twice since Monday, spokesperson Jen Psaki said, as Washington urges Turkey to take action.

The YPG has links to the Turkish Kurdish rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), considered terrorists by Turkey, as well as by the US and the European Union.

Read more on:    isis  |  nato  |  ahmet davutoglu  |  syria  |  turkey  |  us

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