The US is creating a "terrorist army" under the guise of border security forces in northern Syria, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.
"This is not the fight against Daesh and terrorism, but their support," Bozdag wrote on his Twitter page.
2)DEAŞ terör örgütüyle mücadele bahanesiyle bölgede terör koridoru oluşturmak için ABD’nin,Suriye Sınır Güvenliği Gücü kılıfıyla terör örgütü PKK’nın Suriye kolu PYD/YPGye sözde terör ordusu kurdurması,DEAŞ terör örgütüyle/terörle mücadele değil,teröre/terör örgütlerine destektir— Bekir Bozdağ (@bybekirbozdag) January 15, 2018
According to the coalition, the half of the planned force will be retrained SDF fighters, an alliance of militias in Syria dominated by the Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units), which Ankara regards as a terrorist group associated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), banned in the country.
On Sunday, a Turkish senior official told Reuters that it was reason why the US charge d'affaires was summoned in Ankara on Wednesday, as relations between Washington and Ankara remain strained due to US military support for the Kurdish YPG units.