USA treats Turkey as its 'enemy', says PM Yildirim

Randolph Lopez
January 16, 2018

A day earlier, reports cited the US -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.

Erdogan vowed to crush the YPG in response to Washington's continued support to the Kurds there and a new force the United States is helping build tasked with protecting the border.

Bashar al-Assad's army objects to any form of US presence in the country and will seek to put an end to it, Reuters reported, citing state media.

Russia, which backs the Syrian government, said the U.S. move might lead to the "break-up of a large territory along the border with Turkey and Iraq". Ankara is adamantly opposed to the new force the U.S.is establishing to seal the border with Turkey, in which the Kurds will figure prominently.

"Our mission is to strangle it before it's even born", the Turkish president added.

"Until a political settlement is reached in Syria, these areas need protection".

US support for the SDF has put enormous strain on ties with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, which views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The words of Turkish President coincide with publication of USA plans to train a Syrian-Kurdish force with 30,000 troops on Turkey-Syria border.

"The coalition and SDF forces were still engaging Islamic State pockets in Deir al-Zor province, " the US -led coalition said.

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About half the force will be SDF veterans, and recruiting for the other half is under way, the Public Affairs Office said.

Speaking in Ankara, the strongman leader said his government has a duty "to drown this terrorist force before it is born".

Moscow is a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Turkey supports the Syrian opposition.

"They will be providing border security through professionally securing checkpoints and conducting counter-improvised explosive device operations".

Turkey accuses the YPG of merely being the Syrian offshot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged an over three-decade rebellion in the Turkish southeast and is regarded as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.

The U.S. has about 2,000 troops in Syria fighting Islamic State and has said it is prepared to stay in the country until it is certain that the Islamic State is defeated.

Kurdish authorities in Afrin have accused the Turkish Government of bringing "huge military reinforcements" into Syria in the name of de-escalating conflict between Syrian Government forces and rebels, but that they have instead targeted Kurdish villages "since the first day".

A Syrian foreign ministry official said the plan was "a blatant breach of Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity", the state news agency Sana reported.

"Fundamentally, this means the breakup of a large territory along the border with Turkey and Iraq", Lavrov said.

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