Iran Joins Russia, Turkey In Opposing US Plan To Guard Syrian Border

18 January, 2018, 14:22 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area north of Aleppo as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units positions in the village of Um al-Hosh in the area of Afrin

Stoltenberg added that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was not consulted on the matter of creating the army, and that it was an issue for the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants on the ground in Syria, which includes dozens of countries. There are now some 2,000 USA troops in Syria, mainly training local forces to root out remaining extremist strongholds.

The YPG and Turkish forces inside Syria have accused each other of shelling around the Afrin region in recent days.

The global coalition said that the goal of this force is to prevent the return of ISIS, but Erdogan threatened to "destroy this terrorist army in its infancy", fearing that it will become a permanent force stationed at the Turkish border.

Qasemi pointed out Iran, Russia and Turkey are pursuing a solution to the Syrian conflict through peace talks in Astana and the creation of de-escalation zones.

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The alliance fighting the Islamic State (IS) group announced on Sunday that it was working with Arab and Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to establish a Border Security Force.

Several top Turkish officials have announced their anger with the USA plan to form a border security forces in the north of Syria in cooperation with the YPG. "Then, our role is to choke this army of terror before it is born", declared an angered President Erdogan, reported Kurdistan 24 on Monday.

Russian Federation and Turkey, along with the government in Damascus, have also criticized the US/Kurdish plan. Some 230 cadets have already been recruited to the new border force, according to the coalition.

Erdogan on Tuesday reiterated that Turkey planned an imminent intervention in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria.

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Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the European Union, the PKK has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years, killing almost 40,000 people. A Turkish assault without its approval might prove hard and open a new front in a war that activists say has already cost more than 340,000 lives.

"Let us be clear, the United States will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring ISIS can not re-emerge", Tillerson said.

The US also rejects Turkey's portrayal of the militia, which has proven to be a key ally in the battle against the jihadist group Islamic State.

Alongside defeating IS and al-Qaida, Tillerson cited several longshot propositions as American goals: Securing a successful United Nations peace process, getting Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, ridding Syria of Iran's influence and eradicating all weapons of mass destruction in the country.

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