Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Syria Kurdish party appeals to world against Turkish threats

Syria Kurdish party appeals to world against Turkish threats

Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military offensive in Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers to be terrorists due to their affiliation with outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting Turkey.

It said all weapons given to the YPG by the United States should be gathered up "without delay".

As the council met, a Reuters reporter witnessed the Turkish army deploying nine tanks to a military base just outside the city of Hatay, near the border with Afrin, to the west of the area where the border force is planned.

Turkey accuses the YPG of being a branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has waged an insurgency in its southeast since 1984. "We don't want them to engage in violence but we want them to keep focused on ISIS", she said.

Sources close to the regime told the German news agency on Saturday that their troops entered the strategic airport on Saturday after controlling the village of Tal Salmo, under an airstrike cover.

Arab and Kurdish fighters with the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), pose for a picture as they prepare to move to the front line to battle against the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, northeast Syria on July 22, 2017. They were also working to minimize possible losses for Turkish troops, he said, without providing details.

"It would be inappropriate and irresponsible to speculate on hypothetical situations", the Public Affairs Office responded in an email. "We will crush whoever opposes us in this national fight and go on".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly vowed that Turkey would root out the "nests of terror" in Syria of the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey deems a terror organisation.

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Turkish security forces previously hit several YPG/PYD targets in northern Syria's Afrin to prevent a "terror corridor" from forming along Turkey's borders. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says a Turkish ground offensive could begin Sunday.

On the USA arming and backing the YPG/PKK terror group, he said: "Supporting the YPG/PKK means threatening Syria's territorial integrity". "I won't call him as long as he does not get back to me", Anadolu quoted Erdogan as saying.

"This is not a new "army" or conventional "border guard" force", the Pentagon said, adding it would be "completely transparent" with Turkey about its plans.

The United States is "keenly aware of the legitimate security concerns of Turkey, a member of the Global Coalition and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally", the U.S. military statement said.

People look at the damage caused by a rocket fired by suspected Syrian Kurdish fighters from Syria, across the border into the town of Kilis, Turkey, early Sunday.

"We would call. on the Turks to not take any actions of that sort", the state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing this week.

A Syrian commander speaking to the AP by phone from northern Syria said there were thousands of fighters positioned in Azaz, at the frontier with the Kurdish enclave, awaiting orders.

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