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Turkey: Erdogan lambasts US 'terror army' plan02:27

Turkey: Erdogan lambasts US 'terror army' plan

Turkey, Ankara
January 15, 2018 at 16:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the United States for "establishing a terror army along our borders against all of our warnings," speaking in Ankara on Monday, in response to Washington's announcement to form a 30,000-person security force along the Syrian borders with Turkey and Iraq.

"A country which is called an ally is insisting on establishing a terror army along our borders against all of our warnings, objections and positive suggestions. Would a terror establishment which is created along the borders of Turkey target anything else but Turkey?" Erdogan said of the force, which will be primarily formed of fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

He added that Turkey "would be happy if the US leaves equivocation and articulate its intentions openly."

"No offence but, no matter who and whatever you are Democratic Union Party (PYD), YPG (People's Protection Units), Islamic State - doesn't matter, come altogether, we will breath down your neck. There is no other way, "Erdogan went on to say.

The Turkish leader also touched upon impending military operations in Syria's Afrin and Manbij regions, stating that "the Turkish armed forces "will sort this matter in the shortest period. The campaign would start in any minute."

Turkey: Erdogan lambasts US 'terror army' plan02:27
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the United States for "establishing a terror army along our borders against all of our warnings," speaking in Ankara on Monday, in response to Washington's announcement to form a 30,000-person security force along the Syrian borders with Turkey and Iraq.

"A country which is called an ally is insisting on establishing a terror army along our borders against all of our warnings, objections and positive suggestions. Would a terror establishment which is created along the borders of Turkey target anything else but Turkey?" Erdogan said of the force, which will be primarily formed of fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

He added that Turkey "would be happy if the US leaves equivocation and articulate its intentions openly."

"No offence but, no matter who and whatever you are Democratic Union Party (PYD), YPG (People's Protection Units), Islamic State - doesn't matter, come altogether, we will breath down your neck. There is no other way, "Erdogan went on to say.

The Turkish leader also touched upon impending military operations in Syria's Afrin and Manbij regions, stating that "the Turkish armed forces "will sort this matter in the shortest period. The campaign would start in any minute."

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