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Now that we've armed the Kurds... Clashes with Turkey may come WITHIN DAYS

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Kurdish Militia Commander: Clashes with Turkey May Come “Within Days”KURDISH MILITIA COMMANDER: CLASHES WITH TURKEY MAY COME “WITHIN DAYS”

The head of a prominent Syrian Kurdish militia said Turkish military deployments in northwestern Syria amount to a “declaration of war,” Reuters reports. “These [Turkish] preparations have reached level of a declaration of war and could lead to the outbreak of actual clashes in the coming days,” YPG commander Sipan Hemo told Reuters. “We will not stand idly by against this potential aggression.” The YPG, a Kurdish acronym for “People’s Protection Units,” is the armed wing of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD), and one of the main groups within the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF launched an operation to expel the Islamic State from its de facto capital of Raqqa in early June, taking territory along the Euphrates River to the south of the town, and just this week punching through the ancient Rafiqah Wall that surrounds Raqqa’s Old City. Turkey, for its part, was apoplectic over the American administration’s decision to not only work with, but arm, the Syrian Kurds, and as late as April outright threatened military action. Indeed, clashes broke out over the period of several days between the two sides soon after that threat in late April; the exchange left 11 Kurdish fighters dead. Now, however, Turkish officials insist their recent maneuvers in northern Syria are purely defensive.



Well... anyone surprised on this front? I'm not! 


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