Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have taken the Syrian town of Jarablus back from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Aug. 24, after an operation involving Turkish tanks and special forces backed by U.S. and Turkish jets.
Speaking after meeting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Erdoğan said that a terrorist organization fighting another terrorist organization did not make it innocent, and that both ISIL and the Syrian Kurdish YPG, which enjoys U.S. backing in Syria, were terrorist groups.
The Pentagon also announced that the U.S. carried out eight airstrikes in the Jarablus operation targeting ISIL militants.
Biden also added that Washington strongly believed that Turkish border must be controlled by Turkey and there should not be any occupation by any other group.
In addition, commenting on the U.S. based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen’s extradition, the Vice President said the case would be presented to the Federal Court and it will decide as soon as there is enough evidence.
He also noted that the U.S. had not motive for Turkey to be a military state.
Biden also apologized for not coming to Turkey earlier after the failed coup attempt of July 15, which was blamed on the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ).
Erdoğan added that Ankara’s demand on Gülen’s extradition should not be disregarded and bilateral agreements between Ankara and Washington require his detention.
Meanwhile, the White House has announced that the U.S. Justice officials were carefully reviewing the evidence related to Gülen’s extradition, saying Ankara had provided a lot of information on the issue.