Turkey summons U.S. envoy over comments on Kurdish PYD in Syria

February 9, 2016 6:45 PM

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ANKARA Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador on Tuesday after a State Department spokesman said Washington did not regard Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as a terrorist organization, a Turkish foreign ministry official said.

Ankara sees the PYD as a sister arm of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey and is classed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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