Turkish officials and military commanders belonging to the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) have had some heated exchange recently, the most recent of which was when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to carry out military operations against any military operation or threat coming from the Kurds.
According to observers, a new battlefront is looming in the horizon of the region, which is tormented by wars against ISIS and is divided on two fronts: the first through Kurdish forces backed by Washington, and the second through Turkish forces backed by Syrian opposition factions, reported Al Arabiya.
Following the escalation of Ankara’s position, Kurdish Protection Units said that they considered the Turkish military moves in the north-west of Syria as a declaration of war. It announced that it won’t stand idle in the face of what it described as possible Turkish aggression.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Prime Minister seemed to tone down as he considered that the moves have nothing to do with the declaration of war, but are rather legitimate preparations, reported by the Turkish media following the arrival of large military reinforcements to the area of Afrin near the Turkish borders.
Washington, despite its repeated assurances regarding the armament of Kurdish Protection Units, did not relieve the tension with Ankara, and the latter perceived the Kurdish people’s protection as a threat to its national security.
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