Ankara rejects establishing security force on Turkish-Syrian border

Turkey rejected the intention of the United States, leading the international coalition against so-called Islamic State, to establish a security force on Turkish-Syrian border, said presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Sunday.

He added in a statement that at a time when the United States should stop its support for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (DUP), a Syrian affiliate of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and the People’s Protection Units (PYG) under the pretense of “fight against the IS,” it has taken steps towards legitimizing the two terrorist organizations.

Kalin noted that the steps also aimed at providing a permanent place for the terrorist groups in the region.

He went to say that Turkey has the right to combat all terror groups in any way it seems fit, and will continue to take all necessary measures in order to ensure the country’s security in line with national interests.

Turkey also reserves its right to target terror organizations in any way, time and place, he stressed.

Some media outlets quoted a statement by the international coalition against IS that Washington was intending to set up and train a Syria Border Protection Force comprising 30,000 soldiers in some areas, north of Syria. These areas are controlled by DUP and PYG

Source: Kuwait News Agency