Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was deeply critical of US arms airdrops into Kobani in comments today, particularly because at least one of the dropped parcels ended up in the hands of ISIS.
“I have difficulty understanding why Kobani is so strategic for them, because there are no civilians there, just around 2,000 fighters,” Erdogan added.
ISIS has been fighting Kurdish militias over Kobani and the surrounding area for over a month, with hundreds of villages falling to the ISIS offensive, but the town itself still contested.
Erdogan had opposed sending military aid to the Kurdish factions in Kobani in the first place, noting that the groups are listed as terrorist organizations in Turkey, where they’ve been fighting an on-again, off-again war for over 30 years.
Though the Kurdish factions are focused on fighting with ISIS right now, there is a palpable fear among Turkish leaders that the Western arms and funding being sent to the Kurdish militias will eventually be turned against them as well.