Describing as a “terrorist army” the new border force that the United States plans to form in Syria, much of which should be made up of Kurds, the Turkish head of state has threatened to retaliate if it sees day.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to “kill in the bud” a border force that Washington wants to create in Syria, including Kurdish fighters that Ankara considers “terrorists”.
“America has admitted that it is building a terrorist army on our border. It is up to us to kill the terrorist army in the bud, “Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, adding that an operation in Afrin, a Kurdish region of Syria, could to be launched “at any time”.
The US-led coalition announced Sunday to work with its allies of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to form a new 30,000-strong border force, which is expected to be largely composed of Kurdish militiamen from Popular Protection Units (YPG). ), which provoked the wrath of Turkey.
YPG is considered by Ankara as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkish Kurdish separatist movement classified by Ankara on the list of terrorist organizations.