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    A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) poses for a photo at sunset in the Syrian town of Ain Issi, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State (IS) group during clashes between IS group jihadists and YPG fighters on July 10, 2015

    Kurds' Participation in Raqqa Liberation to Put Syria's Future at Risk - Ankara

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    Engaging Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the liberation of the city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorists will put Syria's future in jeopardy, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Earlier in September, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara would accept Washington's proposal for a joint operation in Raqqa, as long as it excluded the YPG.

    "Inviting the Kurdish self-defense forces to take part in operations targeting Daesh in Raqqa or elsewhere in Syria means to put the future of this country at risk. Cooperation with a terror group against another terror group is a betrayal of own values and of Syria's and Iraq's future," Cavusoglu said.

    The YPG is considered by the Turkish government a terror group allied to the domestically-outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

    On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of Daesh.

    Ankara declared that it would target positions of YPG unless they withdrew to the east of Euphrates.


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