“We will be forced to continue (our offensives). We won’t provide a date and time for when we’ll come. But they will know that the Turkish military can come,” were the words from Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey threatens US allied Syrtian Kurds.
He said he would discuss the issue at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.
The U.S. has provided air cover and other support to Kurdish forces battling ISIS. NATO member Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish forces as an extension of its own Kurdish insurgency, and launched airstrikes against them last week.
U.S. troops have since been seen patrolling the tense border.
The US viewed the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as the most effective partner to counter the islamic State group in northern Syria, an assessment boistered by the SDF’s steady advances against jihadists. This has however complicated relations with other nations, who views the group as a terrorist group. Turkey threatens Kurds in light of the US backing what they consider a mere terrorist group that doesn’t care for the well being of their people.Turkey views the YPG as a “terrorist” organization and an extension of the Kurdish PKK group that has waged a three-decade insurgency against Turkey for greater independence.
The US sent military vehicles with American flags to the Syrian side of the frontier accompanied by YPG fighters to carry out patrols, in an apparent bid to prevent further fighting.
“Now the Americans face the delicate task of trying to answer some of the concerns of the Turkish government, while at the same time maintaining the YPG as a key component in the fight against ISIL,” reporters said.
He expressed regret that the US-YPG alliance – which began under President Barack Obama – was being continued under the new US administration.
“This needs to be stopped right now,” said Erdogan. “Otherwise it will continue to be a bother in the region and for us.”