Turkey to retaliate against Kurdish YPG fire from Syria: Deputy PM

Turkey to retaliate against Kurdish YPG fire from Syria: Deputy PM

"The Coalition recognizes the threat the PKK poses to Turkey, but Turkey can not pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against terrorists that threaten us all", he said, in reference to the war on ISIS jihadists.

The army said in a statement that forces of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) had fired on pro-Ankara terrorists close to the terrorist-held town of Azaz in northern Syria late Tuesday.

It was not clear whether there were any casualties in the exchange of fire. Rudaw received confirmation from the YPG that Turkey's troops had "increased their attacks against Rojava", or Syrian Kurdistan, claiming the Turks had been attacking Kurdish targets "daily".

The arrival of U.S. special operations forces to the Kurdish controlled city is reminiscent of "observe and report" missions that were carried out by U.S. Army Rangers along the border region in northern Syria last April.

Ankara also says that YPG and PYD will give US weapons to PKK militants, and eventually, these weapons will be used against Turkey's Armed Forces and Air Force.

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Turkey also opposes the US arming of PYD and YPG.

"The Kurdish people in Afrin region have suffered a lot under heavy bombardment by Turkey and allied Islamists", the officer said. Ankara views it as Syrian branch of the PKK, which has been designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and EU.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened the United States on Sunday over its arming of Kurdish forces in Syria, calling for a review of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance in response. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis suggested on June 27 that the USA may continue to arm the Kurds after the battle of Raqqa. Mattis was also non-commital when asked if all the weapons the Kurds received had to be returned Mattis said: "We'll do what we can".

In a letter sent to Turkish counterpart, Fikri Işık last week, US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated that the US will regularly share the list of materials that YPG supplies with Turkey every month. "In the first two weeks [of the campaign], there was significant progress-very quick progress that was made... the SDF in the advance have since hit some significant resistance from ISIS", U.S. coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said on Sunday.

"We side with the territorial integrity of Syria", he added.

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