The Turkish government has asked the United States to stop arming Kurdish militia in Syria, and warned the Syrian government against involvement in Turkish attacks on Kurdish citizens in Syria.
Turkish officials on Monday (19/2) ) said so in response to news that Damascus planned to send pro-government militia to Afrin in northern Syria to assist Kurdish militia in the fight against Turkish offensive.
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Last month Turkey launched a massive offensive against Kurdish militia controlling Afrin, and planned to remove Kurds from other areas they seized from Islamic State militants (ISIS).
Syrian-backed Syrian rebels have taken up positions near the Syrian-Turkish border. From that position they fired on Kurdish militia in the Afrin region. Syrian news media reported Monday that Syria will send pro-government armed forces to help Kurdish militias fight Turkish troops.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told journalists during a visit to Jordan that Turkish troops would oppose anyone seeking to protect the Kurdish People Protection Unit, known as the YPG, or the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) labeled terrorist by Turkey.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said "If the Syrian regime enters Afrin to clear the PKK and YPG, then there is no problem, but if to protect YPG, then no one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish army. This is valid for Afrin, for Manbij, and this applies to the area east of the Euphrates river. "
Turkey is the arch-rival of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but says it has no territorial claim in Syria Ankara assumes the Kurdish militia as a terrorist and a threat to the Turkish border.
The United States has angered Turkey by arming Kurdish militias in order to get rid of ISIS from Syria, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to get rid of the differences with the allied NATO ally when visiting Turkey last week
"We will act together from this moment on and on. We will address the problems that cause us difficulties, "said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Despite a call to peace from Tillerson, on Monday (19/2) Turkey changed the street name in front of the American Embassy in Ankara after carrying out its military offensive in Syria, and a top Turkish official of the country issued a warning related to the support of US forces against Kurdish militia in Manbij
Deputy Prime Minister Turkey Bekir Bozdag conveyed his threat.
"If we do not get results in talks with the United States, then Turkey will be the deciding party itself. In this case, Turkey will clean up the Kurdish terrorists there as when we clean up the terrorists in Afrin. We hope that this issue will be resolved by dialogue without the need for such an operation. "
The Kurds rule Manbij, another town in northern Syria, after defeating ISIS in the area. Turkey demanded that they leave the traditionally Arab-occupied city, strategically positioned west of the Euphrates River. [lt/ab]