Turkey condemns US' PKK/PYD-led army plan in Syria

"In the coming days, God willing, we will continue with the Afrin [operation] that we started first with Euphrates Shield Operation to purge terrorism from our southern borders", Erdogan said in a speech in central Anatolian Tokat province.

Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has waged a bloody insurgency within its borders.

Turkey on Sunday slammed media reports that the US -led worldwide coalition against Daesh would establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF - the USA -backed group that is largely controlled and manned by the PKK/PYD terrorist organization in Syria, Anadolu reported.

Late previous year, Turkish troops were then deployed to rebel-held northern Idlib province, south of Afrin, as part of an agreement with Iran and Russian Federation to implement four so-called de-escalation zones in flashpoint areas around Syria.

"Such initiatives that endanger our national security and the territorial integrity of Syria by continuing the cooperation with the PYD / YPG in contradiction with the commitments and statements of the United States are never acceptable", said the ministry.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Erdoğan during a phone call last week that he did not hold Turkey responsible for drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria even though they came from a Turkish-controlled zone around Idlib, which is also close to the Turkish border.

"We expect (the U.S.) to support Turkey in its legitimate efforts" to combat terror, said Erdogan.

Stating that it was not an entirely new force with regard to recruitment and initial training, Dillon said half of the 30,000-strong force were SDF veterans.

She called Turkey's operation against Afrin a "violation" that "undermines global efforts to reach a political solution in Syria".

More than 40,000 people in Turkey have been killed since the 1980s after the PKK launched its rebellion.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said that the vehicles and supplies had been sent as reinforcements to the Turkish border units.

Turkey has been working closely with Russian Federation and Iran to end the almost seven-year Syrian conflict despite Moscow and Tehran supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Ankara supporting the anti-Assad opposition.

  • Rogelio Becker