Turkey's Syria operation not limited to Afrin: Cavusoglu

Syrian opposition backs Turkey's Afrin plan

Turkey's Syria operation not limited to Afrin: Cavusoglu

The U.S. -led coalition that has been fighting the so-called Islamic State confirmed earlier this week that it plans to establish the border force over the next few years. There are now some 2,000 USA troops in Syria, mainly training local forces to root out remaining extremist strongholds.

"The U.S. announcement of a new border force in Syria is an obvious interference in the internal affairs of this country", Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

While acknowledging that the US-led coalition does not have an official explanation yet, Defense Department spokesman Eric Pahon told Business Insider that the U.S. has "maintained full accountability and transparency with the Turkish government" and "are keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partner Turkey".

The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA and the EU.

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Although the United States has also deemed the PKK to be a terrorist organization, it has provided support to the Syrian Kurdish groups in their fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Several top Turkish officials have announced their anger with the USA plan to form a border security forces in the north of Syria in cooperation with the YPG. Syrian Kurds, unlike their Iraqi counterparts, do not demand independence.

Turkey has in recent days sent dozens of military vehicles to the border area amid repeated threats from top officials that an operation on Afrin could be launched at any moment. Russian Federation has criticized the plan as well, saying it could fuel tensions around Afrin. Some 230 cadets have already been recruited to the new border force, according to the coalition.

Turkish tanks have been building up along the border near Afrin and troops have been shelling the enclave from inside the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib. "Tear off the insignia you have placed on the uniforms of the terrorists so that we don't have to bury them (U.S. soldiers) together with the terrorists".

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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to "drown this army of terror before it is born".

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

"The US must eliminate the confusion and change its stance in favour of peace and improving relations with Turkey", he said during an address to police chiefs.

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It is also not clear if USA military personnel are deployed around Manbij, as they were past year.

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