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Erdogan threatens more strikes against US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

Erdogan threatens more strikes against US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

Erdogan threatens more strikes against US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

However, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies disagree on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG, which the United States sees as a useful partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

His comments came as local media reported that the Turkish military had moved armoured vehicles and personnel carriers to a base near the Syrian border - a day after U.S. troops were seen patrolling the tense border in Syria.

Turkey launched a mil- itary operation codenamed Operation Eurphrates Shield previous year to push back both IS and Kurds from its border, but ended the mission last month.

The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and European Union - resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015 and since then has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children. The fighter alleges that Turkey's president Recep Erdogan wants ISIS to control Syria in order to grow the oil trade.

The Turkish strikes killed 20 YPG fighters and, inadvertently, five or six Iraqi Peshmerga fighters in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

He said he would discuss the issue at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

"We tell our American friends not to take terrorists with them", Erdogan said in comments broadcast live on network NTV.

He expressed regret that the US-YPG cooperation - which began under the former Barack Obama administration - was being continued under the new president.

Erdogan said the sight of American flags in the convoy alongside YPG insignia had "seriously saddened" Turkey.

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Now U.S. troops are trying to stop the outbreak of violence between two of their closest allies in the region from escalating.

This failure to meet its obligations under Article 3 and 5 calls into question the U.S.' loyalty to NATO's central goal, namely that an armed attack against one North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally will be considered an attack against them all.

This is not the first time that Turkey has attacked us. I really meant that.

The clip was uploaded to Twitter by Tarache Cesar with the caption: "US troops on the way towards the Syrian border to avoid clashes between YPG (Kurdish militia) and the Turkish Armed Forces".

Turkey has long complained about United States military ties with the Kurds, complaining they are all terrorists.

In the meantime the Kurdish YPG forces vowed to strongly respond to any Turkish attacks on Rojava-Northern Syria. The move came following Turkey's threats to retake the city from the SDF as the Turkish government said it would not allow the town to remain under Kurdish control.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was asked by Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu about the border patrol, and said Turkey is "seriously concerned to see US flags in a convoy that has YPG rags on it".

The Turkish military said the strikes, of which local governments as well as the USA and Russian Federation had been notified, were meant to prevent the PKK from sending terrorists, arms, ammunition, and explosives to Turkey.

Turkey, he added, is unlikely to launch a long-term incursion into Syria for fear of getting bogged down in a quagmire, but skirmishes along the border could continue.

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