The head of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) claimed Tuesday that and try to undermine the strategic partnership between the US and Anadolu reports.

and are both trying to bolster a brutal regime in , limit US military influence in Iraq and Afghanistan and fracture the longstanding strategic partnership between the US and ,” Gen. Joseph Votel said in a written statement submitted to the House Armed Services Committee before attending its hearing on Terrorism and in Congress.

In his testimony during the hearing, Votel said plays the role of both arsonist and firefighter, fueling tensions among all parties in by supporting the Bashar Al-Assad regime and adding complexity to the defeat Daesh campaign.

Following Votel’s remarks, South Carolina Republican Representative Joe Wilson asked Votel what has been done in order to continue the important alliance with , describing it as a valued ally of the for nearly a century and a member of that “has been fighting side by side with Americans for freedom”.

Votel said  has been “absolutely vital” throughout the entire campaign against Daesh, adding that  certainly has serious concerns about “PKK terrorism” which has created some tension with some partners of the US in .

The US communicates with Turkish officials in a transparent and clear way about the things the U.S. is doing on a day-to-day basis with its partners, he continued.

However, Votel in his statement to the committee said the tension between the US and is a result of ’s view of recognizing YPG elements as analogous to the PKK terrorist group.