Turkey rips US-led coalition for building border force in northern Syria
Turkish officials have expressed frustration with the U.S. for leading a coalition to set up a new force of 30,000 personnel along Syria’s northern border, Reuters reported Sunday.
The U.S. is working with its Syrian militia allies to train a “Border Security Force” to patrol the borders in northern and eastern Syria. A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the U.S. training of the new force worrying and unacceptable, according to Reuters.
“It is absolutely not possible for this to be accepted,” spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.
The U.S.-led force will work with the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is aligned with Kurdish forces.
Turkey, however, considers the Kurdish forces an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is deemed a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.
Turkey’s foreign minister said last November that President Trump told Erdoğan that the U.S. would no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Syrian rebels have been engaged in a years-long war against military forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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