Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Refugees who fled the Iraqi city of Mosul queue for heating fuel at the UN-run al Hol refugee camp in Syria's Hasakeh province

The new clashes came as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned the YPG that Turkey would fire back against any assault and thwart the creation of any Kurdish state in northern Syria.

He said he would discuss the issue at a meeting with US President Donald Trump next month.

The relocation of Turkish troops to an area near the border with Syria comes a day after US troops were seen patrolling the tense border in Syria.

'We won't provide a date and time for when we'll come.

On Saturday, more us troops in armored vehicles arrived in Kurdish areas, passing through the town of Qamishli, close to the border with Turkey.

The Defense Department would not confirm to the Times whether the troop presence was meant to deter fighting between Turkish forces and the Kurdish militant group the People's Protection Unit.

"The [People's Protection Units], and you know who's supporting them, is attacking us with mortars". Seventy people were killed, they said. Photo Credit: Arab 24 network via AP Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian branch of the PKK, a group designated as a terrorist group by both the US and Turkey.

The Turkish air force also bombed a radio station and media centre of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) - which Turkey and its Nato allies have designated a terrorist organisation - in Sinjar, across the border in Iraq.

Both the Peshmerga and the YPG are a crucial part of the US-backed attempt to liberate Raqqa, the largest Isis-held city on Syrian soil.


The YPG is distrusted by Turkish-backed anti-government forces in Syria, who say the group is an ally of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Friday U.S. troops were deployed along the border.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has banned Kurdish political parties, imprisoned thousands of activists, and said he will "never allow" the creation of a Kurdish state like Rojava on his borders.

The Turkish military has "retaliated" to a rocket attack on a Turkish border post, the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported on Saturday, adding that the army said it had killed 11 militants. The US has been complaining that Turkey has been carrying out attacks without any coordination with their coalition partners. Yet the two organizations have direct ties, and Kurdish citizens of Turkey are among the YPG's fighters. Thus, we need to continue our struggle against terrorist groups in joint solidarity.

The Turkish president also said he would present Trump with alleged proof that the Kurdish forces are terrorist organizations.

Syrian government forces backed by Russian Federation also operate in the area. He said the USA wants the SDF to focus on liberating the IS-held town of Tabqa and the extremist group's de facto capital, Raqqa, "and not be drawn into conflicts elsewhere".

He once again urged the US -led anti-Daesh coalition forces to back Turkey, not the PYD/YPG terrorists.

Earlier this week, President Erdoğan said in an interview that there are approximately 2,000 PKK members present in Iraq's Sinjar, stressing, "We can not allow this to become a second Qandil", and asserting that Ankara needs to "drain the swamp".

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