Turkey To Take 'Any Steps' Necessary Against Syrian Kurdish Militia

Recep Tayyip Erdogan- President of Turkey

Turkey maintains its resolution to carry out a military offensive in Syria's Afrin district amid the US administration's backtrack on forming a border security force composed of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers, a group that is predominantly led by the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG). "Turkey has reached the limits of its patience". Turkey regards such a force as a threat to its national security.

One possible explanation for Canada's silence was that while the US was backing the border force as a way to bring security to the region, many other countries came out strongly against it.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this week that Turkey would start operations against the enclave of Afrin within days.

"I think it's unfortunate that comments made by some left that impression".

"As we have seen from Iran's proxy wars and public announcements, Iran seeks dominance in the Middle East and the destruction of our ally Israel", he said. It said however that the alliance did not have a presence on the ground in Syria and that the matter was an issue for the USA -led anti-IS coalition, which includes dozens of countries.

The coalition appears to be in a quagmire, neither wanting to upset Turkey over its continued support for the Kurdish YPG, nor wanting to leave the YPG high and dry to Turkish forces after supporting them against ISIS.

Turkish artillery has already been shelling YPG positions near Afrin, Turkish media reported. That followed earlier reports of a military buildup in the area.

Turkey is holding talks with Russian Federation and Iran - whose militaries are supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad in that country's civil war - about using Syrian airspace for the operation in the city of Afrin, Cavusoglu told CNN-Turk television in an interview on Thursday.

"When the Turkish people and Turkish state's safety is in question, when it is necessary to remove risks and destroy threats, Turkey will do so without hesitation", Bozdag said.

"We will continue to be completely transparent with Turkey about our efforts in Syria to defeat ISIS and stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally in its counter-terrorism efforts", it added.

French wives of jihadis who were members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and are now held in Kurdish areas of Syria have filed a legal challenge to the French authorities refusing to bring them home, their lawyers said on Wednesday.

The row is the latest dispute between Turkey and the United States that goes beyond the YPG and Syria to include arguments over a NY court case, detained U.S. consulate staffers and the prosecution of Erdogan's bodyguards in the United States.

His comments represented the most comprehensive and ambitious articulation of Washington's often-contradictory policy in Syria since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, and they underline the extent to which the war against Isis has inevitably also entangled the USA in the region's other conflicts. "Iran has dramatically strengthened its presence in Syria by deploying Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops; supporting Lebanese Hizbollah; and importing proxy forces from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere". "When will this happen?"

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