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Erdogan Has Evidence US-led Coalition Supported Daesh
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has uncovered evidence that US-led coalition forces helped support terrorists in Syria - including Daesh [ISIS/ISIL].
American-led forces have been working alongside Syrian militants fighting the Syrian army but have attempted to avoid helping Daesh and other extremist militant groups.
However, speaking on Tuesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, he said he believed they had given support to a variety of militant groups, including Daesh Kurdish outfits YPG and PYD.
"They were accusing us of supporting Daesh," he told a press conference, according to Reuters.
"Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It's very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos."
Erdogan also said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and Qatar should join its meeting with Russia and Iran to discuss Syrian peace efforts.
Russia, Turkey and Iran, which helped broker the withdrawal of civilians and militants from the Syrian city of Aleppo, have agreed to hold talks on Syria in Kazakhstan next month.
The Associated Press said Erdogan said the meeting of foreign ministers should include Saudi Arabia and Qatar, saying they had "shown goodwill and given support" to Syria.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the main backers of militants seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is closely allied with Moscow and Tehran.
The US State Department rejected Erogan's claim as "ludicrous".
State Department spokesman Mark Toner further considered there was no basis for such an accusation.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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