Turkish government co-operating with Islamic State, claims opposition MP

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Van lawmaker Lezgin Botan

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Van lawmaker, Lezgin Botan, has said that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is in coalition with the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group.

Referencing a tweet on Turkish airstrikes, which killed at least 18 people in northeastern Syria – many of them Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) members – and a Yazidi civilian and five Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq’s Shingal region on Tuesday, Botan commented:

The AKP coalition with Daesh [IS] is now beyond doubt. The AKP has entered Turkey into a war alongside Daesh. It is attacking Kurds to rescue Daesh, which is in a tight spot in Raqqa.

Referring to the IS attack on Shingal and Kobani in 2014 and 2015, which led to the death, displacement and kidnapping of hundreds of thousands of people, the opposition party MP went on to tweet in Turkish:

Are Turkey’s national interests based on killing Kurds and strengthening Daesh? The AKP is doing what Daesh could not do in Kobani and Shingal.