Kurdish militia: USA "playing with fire", says Turkey

16 January 2018, 12:53 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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A day earlier, reports cited the USA -led anti-terror coalition as saying that the United States is working to form an armed group of 30,000 fighters, which will be under the command of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurds, Arabs, and Assyrians supported by the United States in northern Syria.

"This is not the fight against Daesh and terrorism, but their support", Bozdag wrote on his Twitter page.

The YPG makes up the core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia which helped drive ISIL from territory in eastern Syria past year.

Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish Presidential spokesperson, said the USA was taking steps to legitimize and solidify the YPG.

The Syrian Kurdish YPG spearheads an alliance of militias which has battled Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad responded on Monday by vowing to crush the new force and drive US troops from the country.

"The United States has admitted that it has created a terrorist force along our country's border".

Washington announced plans on Sunday to build a 30,000-strong force inside Syria, along the Euphrates river as well as at the borders with Turkey and Iraq. "Just like we do not let the separatist terror organisation Kurdistan Workers" Party or PKK operate within our borders, we are also determined to vanquish them on the other side of our border.

The American officials also said all of Syria's parties must take part in the diplomatic process, she said.

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"The preparations have been completed, the operation could start at any moment", said Erdogan.

Howitzers staged constant mortar attacks on the US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the self-administered Afrin canton.

"Don't stand between us and these herd of murderers". "Otherwise, Turkey will not be responsible for the possible consequences". There is no doubt that in the first threat they will target their weapons against the USA military, "the Turkish leader warned".

A YPG spokesman in Afrin, Rojhat Roj, said new Turkish reinforcements could be seen arriving at the border overnight.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said the new force was a sign Washington "doesn't want to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria", adding that it was "not helping calm the situation".

The Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that U.S. appears to be pursuing territorial disintegration of Arab country.

Moscow is a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Turkey supports the Syrian opposition. First of all, it is safe to assume that Turkish-U.S. relations will hit rock bottom in light of the most recent developments.

Syria's government called the creation of the border force "a blatant attack on the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and unity of Syria, and a flagrant violation of global law".



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