MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The convoy carried tanks and howitzers, which are expected to back Turkish troops deployed in the southern province bordering Syrian territory held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Hurriyet newspaper reported.
Ankara considers YPG to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a designated terrorist group in Turkey, the United States and the European Union. YPG controls Syria's northern region of Afrin, which borders Kilis.
On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his disapproval over Washington’s support of the YPG during his talks with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned that the United States' continued support for the YPG may become a "problem" for bilateral relations.