United States discloses PKK/PYD-led army plan in Syria

Manbij civilians protest PKK  PYD killings

It will fall under the command of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which has fought Islamic State in Syria with help from the US-led coalition.

Erdogan said the new operation would be an extension of Turkey's 2016 incursion into northern Syria, which was aimed at combating the Islamic State group and stemming the advance of US -backed Kurdish forces.

Turkey's National Security Council, which advises on military actions, is scheduled to meet on January 17.

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

Turkey will continue to fight terrorism on its southern borders with the operation in the northern Syrian region of Afrin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports.

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

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"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.

The coalition said the Border Security Force would operate under SDF command and that around 230 individuals were now undergoing training in its inaugural class.

Dillon said efforts were taken to ensure individuals served in areas close to their homes. YPG played in a prominent role in defeating the group in its former de facto capital in northern Syria late a year ago.

"On the other hand, the establishment of the so-called "Syria Border Protection Force" was not consulted with Turkey, which is a member of the coalition", the statement said. "More Arabs will serve in the areas along the Euphrates River Valley and along the border with Iraq to the south".

Turkey has been working closely with Russian Federation and Iran to end the almost seven-year Syrian war, despite Moscow and Tehran supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - and Ankara backing the anti-Assad opposition.

Following a fragile cease-fire, the group resumed fighting in July 2015. A top Syrian Kurdish politician told Reuters last week the United States appeared in no hurry to leave Syria.

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