US Calls Iran Strategic Threat in Syria

US Calls Iran Strategic Threat in Syria

He was referring to a Turkish offensive in the Kurdish-run Afrin region of northwestern Syria, launched with the stated aim of crushing the YPG militia which controls the area. "Through its position ink Syria, Iran is in a stronger position to extend its track record of attacking USA interests, allies, and personnel in the region".

Members of Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by the Turkish army, are confronting US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters, known as the People's Defence Units or YPG. The US is arming and training the Kurds as a bulwark against ISIS, but also as an obstacle to Iran's ambitions in Syria; Iran's Kurds would also like to break away and someday reunite with Kurds in Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

US troops have been in Syria, along with other forces, in a bid to fight #ISIS groups that have settled into Syria, taking advantage of the disarray. This, he said, contradicts the U.S.'s own oft-stated obligations, "on maintaining the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Syria".

"One side is the humanitarian one - we need to make sure that humanitarian access is guaranteed and that civilian population and people are not suffering from military activities on the ground", she said.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.

France called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday, and Britain said it would look for ways to prevent any further escalation.

USA special forces do not operate in Afrin.

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While the Trump administration has thus denied the report that caused the invasion and discouraged it, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters Sunday that Turkey "has legitimate security concerns" for launching the invasion.

But Erdogan expressed impatience with United States demands to set a clear timetable, saying the campaign would be over "when the target is achieved".

The YPG militia is the biggest part of the US -backed SDF, which also includes Arab fighters.

Erdogan insisted Turkey had discussed the operation in advance with Russian Federation, and Moscow was in "agreement". "And so we are concerned about the Turkish incident in northern Syria".

"Countries of the region, in particular Turkey, knows about our stance in Kobane", Bakhtiyar insisted.

Until the Turkish assault, Afrin mostly remained intact from the ravaging effects of the civil war raging in Syria and proved to be a haven for civilians displaced by the conflict between the Damascus government and Islamist-led armed opposition groups. "There is also Manbij and east of the Euphrates River", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in Vancouver, Canada last week.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an umbrella group dominated by the YPG, said in a statement that the operation amounted to "clear support" for IS.

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