10:11 GMT08 March 2021
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    Turkish forces are ready to invade Syria to smash the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, according to the French daily Le Figaro.

    Syrian Kurds, some of whom are part of the PYD active in Northern Syria, are dire enemies of the Turkish government, which sees them as "terrorists" and supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Southeastern Turkey.

    At the same time, Syrian Kurds are fighting against Daesh (Islamic State) and Syrian opposition groups, whom Turkey openly backs in their fight against the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad.

    "If necessary, we can take the same measures in Syria, as we took in Iraq, in Qandil [the mountain range in Northern Iraq]," Davutoglu said, referencing attacks that Turkish forces carried out against PKK positions in the Qandil region of Iraq in 2015, as cited by Le Figaro.

    The Turkish Prime Minister also added that Ankara expects to have the support of its friends and allies.

    On February 13, Turkish forces began shelling the position of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish group linked to the PYD, in Syria's Aleppo region.

    Turkish forces bombed a village and an airbase that were recently captured by Kurds, Al Mayadeen TV reported Saturday. Prior to being captured by the YPG, the village and the airbase belonged to the al-Nusra Front terrorist organization. This leads to a question whether Ankara was happier when al-Nusra Front controlled the area?

    Turkey says the PYD and the YPG are Syrian branches of the PKK, the Kurdish group against which Ankara has been fighting, accusing it of wanting to create an independent Kurdish state on the Turkish territory.

    Tensions in Turkey escalated in July 2015, after 33 Kurdish activists were killed in a suicide blast in the town of Suruc on the border with Syria and two Turkish policemen were later murdered by PKK, which led to Ankara's military campaign against the group.


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