Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Turkey Not Committed to De-Escalation Zone Deal: Syrian Adviser

Turkey Not Committed to De-Escalation Zone Deal: Syrian Adviser

"The slightest disturbance on the border would be the signal for us to take a step".

Syria's main Kurdish groups have emerged as some of the few winners of the Syrian war, and are working to entrench their autonomy over swathes of northern Syria.

Turkish officials have expressed frustration with the US for leading a coalition to set up a new force of 30,000 personnel along the Syrian's northern border, Reuters reported Sunday.

It said that about 230 individuals were now undergoing training in the force's inaugural class.

Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has waged a bloody insurgency within its borders.

Raqqa in Syria was taken back from ISIL by the USA -backed SDF, but the not likely to end their cooperation with the PKK-affiliated groups as they promised their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, against which the PKK has been waging fatal attacks for the last three decades.

Some 400 so-called "border guards" trained by the USA through the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency formed a so-called "The North Army", said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin told Erdoğan during a phone call last week that he did not hold Turkey responsible for drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria even though they came from a Turkish-controlled zone around Idlib, which is also close to the Turkish border.

"More Kurds will serve in the areas in northern Syria".

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey will continue to take necessary measures to ensure its security in line with national interests.

Erdogan said Saturday that any venture in the region "has no chance of success" if Turkey has no consent in it, referring to the PYD/PKK terror group's effort to settle in Syria's northern regions along the Turkish border.

Turkey has long protested USA support for the PKK/PYD while Washington sees it as a "reliable ally" in its fight against Daesh in Syria.

The Turkey-PKK conflict has killed an estimated 40,000 people since 1984 and the resumption of hostilities in July 2015 killed more than 3,300 people.

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