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Erdogan says will destroy US-backed Syria 'terror army'

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to destroy a planned US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, describing it as an "army of terror". Turkey fears that the mooted new force will be comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, whom Ankara accuses of being terrorists and have been a constant bone of contention in Turkey-US ties. The new upsurge of tensions between Ankara and Washington also comes as Erdogan has repeatedly threatened that Turkey could launch a cross-border operation to oust the YPG from the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria.

Turkey vows to 'drown' US-backed Syrian Kurdish force

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BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to "drown this army of terror before it is born," as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea.


Turkey's Erdogan warns US against forming 'terror army' on its border with Syria

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Turkey has warned the US it was “playing with fire” over plans to set up a 30,000-strong force to police its border with Syria, saying it had tanks ready at the frontier. The US announced plans on Sunday for a "border security force" - made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters - to prevent a resurgence by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The BSF will be tasked with securing the long sections of Syria's northern border with Turkey and eastern border with Iraq that are under the fighters' control, as well as parts of the Euphrates river valley, which effectively serves as the dividing line between them and Syrian pro-government forces. Ankara has repeatedly warned Washington over its support for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG), which it sees as terrorist group over its links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) waging a bloody insurgency in southern Turkey. Kurdish and Arab fighters will make up the 30,000-strong border force Credit: AFP But reacting to the news on Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could barely contain his rage. "A country we call an ally is insisting on forming a terror army on our borders," he said of the US in a speech in Ankara. "What can that terror army target but Turkey? Our mission is to strangle it before it's even born. "Don't stand between us and these herd of murderers. Otherwise, we won't be responsible for the unwanted incidents that may arise," he continued. He said that the Turkish army was ready to launch an operation against the YPG in the northern Syrian enclave Afrin in the coming days. The Turkish army had already positioned a convoy of tanks and was pounding the area yesterday with artillery from its positions inside Syria. The YPG was the backbone of the fight against Isil in Raqqa. Mr Erdogan tolerated the US’s backing of Kurdish groups during the operation to liberate the city, in the hope Washington would abandon them after the city was liberated.   Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces gesture the "V" sign in Raqqa, Syria Credit: Reuters But the latest plans hint at the US’s longer-term plans for their involvement in the region and will concern Turkey, which fears the move is a step towards Syrian Kurds achieving a breakaway state. The threat could bring the two Nato allies, who once worked together to support rebel groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad’s government, into direct military confrontation. “The Kurdish people will rise up as a whole. It will be total warfare,” Saleh Muslim, former head of the YPG's political wing, said in a warning to Turkey.

Turkey bolsters Syria border as US force plan slammed

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Armoured vehicles, tanks deployed as Turkey, Syria and Russia attack US-led coalition plan to form 30,000-strong force.


The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan to 'drown' Syrian Kurdish force

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BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):


World Briefs: US creating 'terror army': Erdogan

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January 16, 2018 5:00 AM
ISTANBUL • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said the US was trying to create a "terror army"on Turkey's southern frontier by training a Syrian border force that includes a Kurdish militia, and pledged to crush it before it came into being.


Turkey's Erdogan: We will 'strangle' US-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'

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Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday (Jan 15) to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong US-backed force in Syria "before it's even born", as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.


Is Trump 'playing with fire' by backing Kurds in Syria?

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Turkey says it is threatened by a new US-trained army of 30,000 mainly Kurdish soldiers on its border.


Turkey Promises To 'Strangle' US-Led Border Security Forces in Northern Syria

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Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out on Monday while threatening to "strangle" the planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," according to Reuters. The United States announced its support for a "border force" that would defend territory currently held by the U.S. backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria but that is now straining the already tense relationship between Washington and Ankara. The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad also promised to destroy the new force and drive out American troops from the country, while Assad's ally Russia called the decision a plot to dismember Syria and have the U.S. take over a portion of the war-torn...

Syria army seizes dozens of villages in advance on key base: monitor

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Syrian troops have recaptured dozens of towns and villages from jihadist fighters, a monitor said Sunday, bringing them closer to a key military airport in the country's northwest. "In the past 24 hours, regime forces have taken at least 79 villages in the southern parts of Aleppo province, an area near the Abu Duhur military airport," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. Russia-backed regime troops are aiming to reach the Abu Duhur base as part of a weeks-long assault against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.

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