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The Kurdish conflict : Turkey plans new Invasion of Northern Syria

On the Turkish-Syrian border with tanks and troops Transporter to drive and expect the use command. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a new Turkish military intervention in Syria.

for the First time, to the advance of Turkish soldiers, together with Syrian ally, to the East of the Euphrates against the Kurdish militia YPG. Erdogan's announcement is not only aimed against the Kurds, but also against the United States, cooperating with the YPG in Syria, the Americans will be forced to make concessions. Observers see a decisive Moment for the Turkish-American relations.

The Turkish army will not shoot at American soldiers in the North of Syria, assured Erdogan. However, for the government in Washington was no reason for relief. The Pentagon called the unilateral military action of Nato-partner "unacceptable". Erdogan and US President, Donald Trump spoke by phone about the situation. But a relaxation is not signed.

A vanguard of 15,000 men

Rather, Ankara tightens to the border troops and prepares up to 15,000 man strong vanguard from Turkey-loyal militiamen in Syria for the advance against the YPG. The 2000 U.S. soldiers in the North-East of Syria, had been asked by Ankara to remain in their positions, reported the Erdogan-fidelity newspaper "Yeni Safak". The advance could begin, Erdogan, in a few days.

For years, Erdogan demanded by the USA, the end of the cooperation with the YPG, a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdish terrorist organization PKK. Washington does not want to renounce the Alliance with the Kurds but because they are needed as partners in the fight against the "Islamic state".

Under the protection of the United States, the Kurds have established an Autonomous region along the Syrian border with Turkey, described by Ankara as a "terrorist corridor". With two previous Syria-intervention to the West of the Euphrates, the Turkish army in Kurdish areas brought under their control.

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That Erdogan now wants to strike a second Time, is also at the location in the city of Manbij. A Turkish-American agreement of June provides for the withdrawal of the YPG out of the city. Nothing happened, however, the Turkish President, complained now.

Erdogan rants

Therefore, Turkey will provide alone for the YPG to pull back. Its soldiers would invade in Manbij, if Washington should not force the Kurdish militiamen to withdraw from the city. Angered Erdogan also responded to the Plan of the United States, on the Syrian side of the Turkish border observation post.

According to U.S. representation to prevent clashes between Turkey and the YPG. Erdogan said, however, that the Item should be to protect "the terrorists in front of the Turkey".

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With the announcement of the new invasion, Erdogan wool to force the United States to make a decision in Syria, said the foreign policy expert Celalettin Yavuz from Istanbul's Ayvansaray University. "Turkey and the United States are at a crossroads." Washington would have to confess in the question of a further collaboration with the YPG now color. Erdogan mean it and will be soothing words from Washington will not be satisfied.

rumors about an extradition of gülen's

Erdogan's threat may also serve to create a other topic more pressure on the United States. Only a few days after Erdogan's announcement of the new Syria Intervention, Turkey's foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Trump stressed to Erdogan, the U.S. government working on an extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey.

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