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Turkey to intervene in Syria's Afrin to counter PYD/PKK threat

TURKEY TO INTERVENE IN SYRIAS AFRIN TO COUNTER PYD/PKK THREAT

Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu on Thursday made remarkable comments on the Afrin operation while giving an interview to a Turkish news channel, saying that Turkey would intervene in Afrin and Manbij to counter the YPG.

Turkey on Thursday said it will intervene in Syria's Afrin and Manbij to counter the threat posed by PKK/PYD terror group, adding that its mistrust of the United States continues.

Washington's support of the PKK/PYD terror group has infuriated Turkey, particularly after the U.S.-led coalition said it would help set up a new 30,000-strong border force that includes the YPG.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday he had met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to clarify the issue and said it had been "misportrayed, misdescribed".

However, Çavuşoğlu told CNN Turk in an interview on Thursday that Turkey would intervene in Afrin and Manbij to counter the YPG and that its mistrust of Washington continues.

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