Jan 15 2018

Turkey’s Erdoğan threatens United States over Syria border force

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened the United States on Monday, saying Turkey could not be held responsible for the consequences if the United States went ahead with its plans to establish a 30,000-strong border force together with the majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.

“Do not stand between us and the terrorists,” opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet quoted Erdoğan as saying. “Do not enter between us and those flocks of murderers.”

“Otherwise, we will not be responsible for undesirable incidents which may occur. Take your own flags down from above the terrorists so that we are not forced to return them to you.”

Erdoğan pledged to be proactive in preventing the collaborative security force emerging.

“It is up to us to suffocate that terrorist army before it is born,” he said.

 

Erdoğan also repeated that a Turkish invasion of the YPG-held Syrian province of Afrin was imminent.

“The operation may begin at any moment,” he said. “Afterwards will come other regions. These operations will continue until not 30,000, but not one terrorist remains.”

A top Syrian Kurdish advisor, Sihanok Dibo, tweeted that he still did not think an Afrin invasion was on the cards.

“If Turkey got the green light from America or Russia, it would have invaded Afrin six years ago. Turkey is aware that its fate will not be different from the fate of ISIS in Kobane,” he said