Turkey says will act if Syrian Kurdish militia don't retreat

A Syrian man waves to Turkish soldiers securing the streets of the northwestern city of Afrin Syria during a Turkish government-organised media tour into northern Syria Saturday

Turkey considers the YPG to be an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which enjoys the support of Washington against the ISIS militants and the Syrian regular army since the beginning of the Syrian civil war seven years ago.

France denied claims of a military buildup against Turkish forces in Syria, scrambling Friday to calm tensions with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey that threaten to further aggravate the Syria war.

Speaking to Reuters after the meeting with Macron, Khaled Eissa, a PYD member who represents the northern Syria region in Paris, said Macron had promised to send more troops to the area, provide humanitarian assistance and push a diplomatic solution.

France and the United States have provided the militia weapons and required training to support its battle against ISIS. YPG members make up a large chunk of the fighters in the SDF.

The Turkey ETF climbed Thursday after the Turkish government revealed strong economic growth, with Goldman Sachs projecting the strength to be maintained through the rest of the year.

"There will be reinforcements to help secure from attacks by Islamic State and stop a foreign aggression". "It's message that this irresponsible action from the Islamists in Ankara stops".

French President Emmanuel Macron offered late on Thursday to facilitate dialogue between the two sides after he met a delegation of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

The Turkish president had demanded that the US administration pull out its soldiers from the Manbij province, before Washington replied that the Turkish advancement to Manbij may lead to collision between Turkish and American troops deployed in the territory just west of the Euphrates, in support of the YPG who controls the area.

FSA Commander Abu Abdul told Anadolu Agency the Bashar al-Assad regime was making malicious propaganda about Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in Afrin. Conflict in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey generally escalates as spring arrives in the mountainous region.

He stated Turkey is determined to fight terrorist groups, adding that those who forge friendship with such groups will lose Turkey's friendship. Behind them, American troops drive up and down the roads.

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The backbone of the SDF is the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), a militia group which has been driven out of its Afrin stronghold by the Turkish offensive.

However, the analysts noted that Ankara's capacity in shaping the future of Syria, where the USA and Russian Federation are the main players, has its limits.

Two members of the US military coalition in Manbij were killed by a roadside bomb on Friday.

"If France takes any steps regarding its military presence in northern Syria, this would be an illegitimate step that would go against worldwide law and in fact, it would be an invasion", Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said.

In a speech delivered in the Turkish capital on Friday, Erdogan said he was deeply saddened by what he called the completely wrong approach by France.

"France's assurance of support for PYD/YPG/YPJ terror organisations is clear cooperation and solidarity with terror groups attacking Turkey", wrote Bozdag on Twitter. Erdogan snorted, referring to the Syrian Kurds.

"Who are you to mediate between Turkey and a terror group?"

"Turkey has a clear position on the PKK/ YPG/PYD forces, which are trying to which try to masquearade as legitimate organizations hiding under the guise of the SDF".

Erdogan justified his tough talk against France by implying that Macron has taken leave of his senses.

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