The United States on Thursday added Turkey to a rundown of nations that are involved in the utilization of kid fighters over the previous year, setting a NATO partner without precedent for such a rundown, in a move that is probably going to additionally entangle the generally full ties among Ankara and Washington.
The U.S. State Department decided in its 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) that Turkey was giving “substantial help” to the Sultan Murad division in Syria, a group of Syrian resistance that Ankara has since quite a while ago, upheld and a gathering that Washington said enlisted and utilized kid troopers.
In an instructions call with correspondents, a senior State Department official additionally made a reference to the utilization of youngster warriors in Libya, saying Washington was wanting to work with Ankara on the issue to address it.
“As for Turkey in particular…this is the first run through a NATO part has been recorded in the youngster trooper counteraction act list,” the State Department official said. “As a regarded local pioneer and individual from NATO, Turkey has the chance to resolve this issue, the enlistment and utilization of kid warriors in Syria and Libya,” he said.
Turkey has done three cross-line tasks in Syria against the alleged Islamic State, just as U.S.- upheld Kurdish civilian army and has regularly utilized groups of outfitted Syrian contenders on top of its own powers.
Some of these groups have been accused by human rights groups and the United Nations of indiscriminately attacking civilians and carrying out kidnappings and lootings. The United Nations had asked Ankara to rein in these Syrian rebels while Turkey rejected the allegations, calling them ‘baseless’.
Turkey has also been involved in the Libyan conflict. Ankara’s support has helped the Tripoli-based government reverse a 14-month assault from eastern forces backed by Egypt and Russia.
Governments placed on this list are subject to restrictions, according to the State Department report, on certain security assistance and commercial licensing of military equipment, absent a presidential waiver.
It was not immediately clear whether any restrictions would automatically apply to Turkey.
It was also not immediately clear if the placing of Turkey on this list would have an impact on its ongoing negotiations with the United States to run Afghanistan’s Kabul airport once Washington withdraws its troops.