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U.S. is 'playing with fire', Turkey warns

U.S. is 'playing with fire', Turkey warns”

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the U.S. had acknowledged it was "in the process of creating a terror army on our border".

The YPG is the backbone of a Syrian force that drove the Islamic State group from much of northern and eastern Syria with the help of US -led airstrikes.

The source concluded by renewing the Syrian people and army's steadfastness and determination to thwart this conspiracy, end the presence of the USA, its agents and tools in Syria, establish full control over the entire Syrian territory and preserve the country's sovereignty, territorial integrity and the unity of its people.

Turkey has repeatedly accused Washington of arming Syrian Kurdish groups, which listed as terrorist organizations by Ankara. Erdogan's spokesman labelled the latest developments "worrying" and "unacceptable". "Just like we do not let the separatist terror organisation Kurdistan Workers" Party or PKK operate within our borders, we are also determined to vanquish them on the other side of our border.

The U.S. -led coalition fighting the extremist group Islamic State (IS) said that its goal was to create a border security force with about 30,000 personnel "over the next several years".

Half of it will be created from the existing members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the Kurds.

In an email to Reuters, the coalition's Public Affairs Office confirmed details of the new force reported by The Defense Post.

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the United States was "playing with fire" by setting a force that would include Kurdish militia.

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The Syrian government called the creation of the SDF border force "a blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity and unity of Syria, and a flagrant violation of global law".

Tensions with Washington have repeatedly erupted over its support of the SDF, prompting USA troops to deploy in northeast Syria to prevent clashes between the Kurdish forces and Turkey-backed fighters.

Meanwhile, the ministry warned that it will regard any Syrian citizen taking part in this USA -backed militia as a "traitor" and will be dealt with accordingly.

Syria's main Kurdish groups have emerged so far as one of the few winners in the Syrian war, working to entrench their autonomy over large parts of northern Syria.

"A strong border security force will prohibit Daesh's freedom of movement and deny the transportation of illicit materials", the coalition said, using a different term for IS.

Therefore, the ethnic composition of the force will be relative to the areas in which they serve. Otherwise, he warned "we will not be responsible of consequences" that could also harm American soldiers deployed in northern Syria.

The US-led coalition provided significant military and logistical support to the SDF as it beat back Isis (Islamic State) militants across Syria. But a USA decision to back Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in recent years has enraged Ankara. Washington has said it is ready to stay in the country until it is certain of Islamic State's defeat, and until there is meaningful progress in failed United Nations -sponsored peace talks on ending the conflict. Any country would be unsettled by the fact that its most important ally provides political and military support to a terrorist organization that targets its citizens, and turns it into a border security force.

It is no wonder Russian Federation and the Syrian regime are both aware of the danger inherent in the irresponsible US move and were quick to condemn Washington's policy in northern Syria.

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