Turkey Threatens to Attack Kurdish Allies of U.S. in Syria

US military presence in Syria act of aggression Foreign Ministry

US military presence in Syria act of aggression Foreign Ministry

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned US troops against coming between Turkish troops and Kurdish forces, which Ankara views as an extension of Turkey's own Kurdish insurgency.

The proposed force has been denounced by Damascus, while Turkey - which considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) "terrorists" - has vowed to nip it "in the bud".

Qasemi urged all USA forces to leave Syria immediately.

Speaking to reporters after his speech to party legislators, Erdogan said Turkey would conduct the operation in Afrin with Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. "Then, our role is to choke this army of terror before it is born", declared an angered President Erdogan, reported Kurdistan 24 on Monday.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi also said on January 16 that the planned US -backed border force would "fan the flames of war" and raise tensions.

Canada is among the members of the coalition.

"We emphasized that such a step was very wrong", he said.

The coalition said the new force, expected to reach 30,000 in the next several years, is a key element of its strategy in Syria to prevent the resurgence of the IS group in Syria.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied that the United States had any intention of building a Syria-Turkey border force and said the issue had been "misportrayed, misdescribed". The SDF now controls almost 25 percent of Syrian territory in the north and east.

The YPG is part of an alliance with a number of ethnic Arab militias called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

News broke on Saturday that the U.S. was helping the SDF build a new "border security force".

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Qasemi pointed out Iran, Russia and Turkey are pursuing a solution to the Syrian conflict through peace talks in Astana and the creation of de-escalation zones.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper USA commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.

Turkish Armed Forces will completely destroy PYD and YPG, Erdogan said.

Turkey says the weapons frequently end up in the hands of outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting Turkey.

Erdogan has threatened an imminent military operation to "purge terror" from near its borders.

"Don't stand between us and these herd of murderers".

Cavusoglu said different opinions among the Pentagon and Centcom as well as different institutions and ministries in the U.S. regarding support for the SDF and the PYD/PKK have been causing the problem.

"The U.S. has admitted to setting up a terrorist army along our country's borders".

A YPG spokesman in Afrin, Rojhat Roj, said new Turkish reinforcements could be seen arriving at the border overnight. A Turkish assault without its approval might prove hard and open a new front in a war that activists say has already cost more than 340,000 lives. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the nascent border force is "not helping calm the situation".

For its part, the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad has accused the SDF of being "traitors" for cooperating with the United States. But they came together a year ago along with Iran, another Assad ally, to set up "de-escalation" zones that have reduced much of the fighting. He said the actions of the U.S. don't correspond to the spirit of ally relations with Turkey.

The U.S.'s plan is to carve out a sphere of influence in the middle of West Asia's most risky conflict and have it guarded by the battle-hardened Kurdish forces.

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