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Syria war: Turkey denounces USA 'terror army' plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces USA 'terror army' plan for border

"America has acknowledged it is in the process of creating a terror army on our border".

Turkey views the Kurdish YPG as a terrorist group and an extension of the PKK.

Turkish officials objected earlier that the new force would be comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia Ankara accuses of being terrorists.

The YPG played a key role in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance that past year ousted Islamic State jihadists from their stronghold of Raqa in northern Syria .

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

And in a speech, he warned his ostensible ally, the USA, that a new military operation against other Kurdish fighters in Afrin, in north-west Syria, was ready to go warning: "Don't stand between us and these herd of murderers". Erdogan on Monday reaffirmed that the Turkish army was ready to launch an operation against the YPG in Syria .

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

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The plans of the US-led coalition to form new "Border Defense Force" have sparked angry reaction from Turkey as Ankara has repeatedly accused the U.S. of arming some of Syrian Kurds, which the Turkish side regards as terrorist groups. Troops deployed at the border were already hitting YPG positions inside Afrin with heavy artillery, he noted.

"You will be disgraced in front of your strategic ally", he warned Washington.

The proposed border force appears to signal how the Pentagon intends to support its Kurdish proxies in the longer term in Syria after scaling back its direct military assistance to the Kurds as major combat winds down. "Otherwise, we won't be responsible for the unwanted incidents that may arise".

However, the Syrian government said the Raqqa city was still occupied by the USA and its fighters on the ground, refusing to acknowledge its liberation from IS.

Turkey has been working closely with Russian Federation and Iran to end the long-running Syrian war, despite Moscow and Tehran supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - and Ankara backing the anti-Assad opposition.

For once in agreement in Ankara, the Damascus regime lambasted the plan to create the force, saying it would consider its members "traitors".


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