Turkey warns against Syria's military involvement in Afrin

Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin

Details of the deal were not announced by either side, and YPG terrorists said talks were still underway.

Nuri Mahmoud, a spokesman for the YPG, said they are looking forward to preserve the integrity of Syria and called the SAA to help them protect the region. A return to the area, where a mix of regional and worldwide powers have boots on the ground, threatens to further complicate the situation and lead to unwanted confrontations. Ankara sees YPG as part of the banned Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long bloody rebellion against the Turkish state in southeastern parts of the country. On Jan. 20, it launched a major air and ground offensive, pounding the enclave with airstrikes and artillery on a daily basis.

Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, its foreign minister said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region. This week a video emerged of Turkish military personnel executing Kurdish female fighters, shooting them in the head and throwing them into a pit. "Turkey, however, did not name the Syrians as terrorists and said that 'the operation is necessary not only for Turkey and its security but also for the Syrians", the operation aims to deliver peace.

Ankara's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States has armed the YPG as part of an alliance it supports in Syria against Islamic State.

It was not clear who, exactly, would enter Afrin.

"Turkish soldiers will enter Afrin, and our flag [.] will go up on a flagpole towards the height it deserves", Bahceli told his party's parliamentary group.

Cavusoglu said the operation, dubbed "Olive Branch", was aimed at "removing terrorists" from its southern border.

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A U.S. announcement that it would build a 30,000-strong border force to patrol Syria's frontiers that included the YPG alarmed Ankara and led to the military campaign, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by the Turkish government.

SANA said the planned deployment followed an agreement between the Syrian government and the YPG.

The Syrian government has given a degree of authority to the Kurdish regions to run their own affairs in the face of a foreign-backed militancy.

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Turkish officials said Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during which the two discussed Turkey's military offensive in Afrin.

The Turkish army has said 32 Turkish military personnel have been killed in the process.

State media did not elaborate on the make-up of the "popular forces" due to enter Afrin on Monday and made no mention of regular army troops being deployed. The paper claimed that under the deal, the YPG had agreed to hand over heavy weapons it holds.

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