So apparently Erdogan publicly called for the arrest and handover by the US of SDF commander Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told state TV on Thursday that the U.S. should hand over Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mazloum Kobani Abdi, calling him a “wanted terrorist” with an Interpol red notice.
Why it matters: Abdi led the primarily Kurdish SDF in the U.S.-backed fight against ISIS, where more than 10,000 of his fighters were killed. Erdogan views the Kurds who fight with the SDF as an extension of the PKK, a terrorist organization that has sought to gain Kurdish autonomy inside Turkey for decades. On Thursday, President Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Abdi and that the Kurdish leader “appreciates what we have done,” despite criticism that the U.S. exit from northern Syria cleared the way for Turkey to attack the Kurds.
I dunno if that’s provocative, ballsy, or just a function of getting everything he asks for from Trump.
Erdogan is visiting the White House on November 13th.
Let’s see what happens.
That didn’t take long.
Provacative it is: He’s straight trolling… basically the rest of the West.