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Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

Sun Online Desk     23rd January, 2018 12:17:39 printer

Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

 

Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia.

 

A spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Kurdish fighters were using US-supplied weapons against Turkish troops trying to oust them from the Afrin region.

 

Turkey considers the militia a terrorist group, and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which wants Kurdish autonomy within Turkey.

 

The YPG denies any direct links.

 

The militia, which controls much of north-eastern Syria, has been a key US ally in the fight against Islamic State (IS) fighters there.

 

Ankara is now demanding an end to the alliance, arguing that the fight against IS is over.

 

Thousands of civilians are reportedly trying to flee Afrin, and Syrian activists say more than 70 people have died since the Turkish push began on Saturday.

 

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his country was willing to work with Turkey to address its "legitimate" security concerns in northern Syria.

 

He said the US recognised Turkey's right to defend itself from terrorist elements, and had proposed measures to try to stabilise the situation.

 

The Syrian government, its ally Iran and Egypt have all condemned Turkey's offensive.

 

Western powers, including the UK and France, have urged restraint in order to avoid civilian casualties, reports BBC.

 

 

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