Turkish military shipment to Syrian border continues

Manbij civilians protest PKK  PYD killings

Turkey, however, considers the Kurdish forces as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the us and the European Union, according to Reuters.

"They will be providing border security through professionally securing checkpoints and conducting counter-IED operations", the office said, adding that coalition and SDF forces were still engaging remaining ISIL pockets in Deir Ezzor province.

Afrin is controlled by a Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG.

Rojhat Roj said the shelling of areas in Afrin district, in Aleppo province, killed one YPG fighter and wounded several civilians on Sunday.

The PKK/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

Without mentioning the United States, Erdogan said on Sunday he expected allies not to make "mistakes" by "taking sides" with the YPG during the battle for Afrin.

Around 400 militants "trained by U.S.as border guards" are to establish what they call "The North Army" in Syria, Turkish media reported.

Ibrahim Kalin, the presidential spokesman, said the US was taking steps to legitimize and solidify the YPG.

Turkey on Sunday slammed media reports that the US -led worldwide coalition against Daesh would establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF - the USA -backed group that is largely controlled and manned by the PKK/PYD terrorist organization in Syria, Anadolu reported.

Following Dillon's statement, Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the USA "takes worrisome steps towards legitimizing the PKK terrorist group's Syrian offshoot, PYD-YPG under the pretense of "fight against Daesh".

"I hope that during an Afrin operation, these powers will not make the mistake of appearing to be on the same side as a terror organisation", Mr Erdogan said in an apparent reference to the USA during a rally in the northern Turkish city of Tokat.

Following a fragile cease-fire, the group resumed fighting in July 2015.

Roj said the Kurdish militia will fight to "defend our gains, our territories".

The president referred to Turkey's previous eight-month military operation launched in August 2016 against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and the Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia.

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