The Islamic State was collaborating with Turkey, the two co-operated by trading cash in exchange for crude oil that was sold in various Turkish outposts. However, Russia's intervention brought the trade to an end. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flipped the tables on Tuesday by uncovering what he termed as evidence that the US-led coalition forces have been supporting the Islamic State terrorists in Syria. President Erdogan was giving a speech in Ankara on Tuesday when he pointed out that the U.S. gives support to terrorist groups including Islamic State. Erdogan also added that US coalition forces support various terrorist groups that included YPG, Daesh, PYD. The Turkish president said that his administration has confirmed evidence that includes videos, photos, and pictures. This is not a surprise as it reinforces the declassified Pentagon report from May 2015 which pointed out that the Islamic State was created as a Pentagon tool to overthrow President Assad.
This comes at a time when the US and Turkey are both facing enormous transitions, with Turkey shifting its foreign geopolitical allegiance from the US to Russia while Donald Trump's administration is taking over from Obama. It's therefore obvious why the Turkish President unveiled the evidence.
The Turkish President shifted the blame to the US saying that the US-led coalition has backed various terrorist's groups that include; Democratic Union Party (PYD), Kurdish People's Protection Units in northern Syria (YPG), and the Islamic State. The same accusations were made by Moscow earlier on Tuesday as Washington was accused of sponsoring terrorism in Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the latest National Defense Authorization Act that was signed by Obama pointing out that the bill stipulates the possibility of delivering weapons in Syria, and emphasized that Russia would view that as an act of hostility since the weapons will soon find their way to the Jihadist. Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan comments were echoed by the Turkish President after he made a statement telling RT that Washington is not ready to play a major role in fighting Islamic State since it has nurtured terrorist and it wants them to remain in Middle East. The Iranian Minister also pointed out that the Western coalition is a formal nature without any real intention to fight in Iraq nor Syria. He also added that the U.S. coalition intends to weaken the Islamic State and not destroy the terror group because the U.S. uses such terrorist groups to destabilize various parts of the world.