Syria operation may start at any moment: Turkish leader


"Russia has serious questions in this regard, from the standpoint of Syria's territorial integrity", he said, pointing to the United States plan to train members of the Syrian border security service based on the SDF units, which mainly comprise Kurdish groups.

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride atop an armoured vehicle after Raqqa was liberated from the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Assad government, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, has made great strides over the past two years in defeating a range of opponents, restoring control over almost all of Syria's main cities.

SDF veterans will comprise about half of the border force. YPG played a prominent role in defeating the group in its former de facto capital in northern Syria late a year ago. Since then, SDF fighters have been advancing south-eastwards along the Euphrates river valley.

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Mr van Wilgenburg said Kurds, who are seeking to establish an autonomous region in Syria, see the new U.S. plan as "a confirmation that the United States will stay and continue to support them in the coming years". YPG fighters make up a considerable portion of SDF. But a US decision to back Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in recent years has enraged Ankara.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon told Agence France-Presse that approximately 230 individuals are training right now to join the force. "This will enable the Syrian people to establish effective local, representative governance and reclaim their land".

Ankara is fiercely opposed to the SDF, which is dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), considered by the Turkish government to be a "terrorist" group.

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Almost an hour later, officers discovered the kids' mother near a highway bridge where she had jumped to her death. Police said they have located the children's father and that he is not a person of interest.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to "drown" the Syrian Kurdish border security force being created by the US.

"What falls on us is to strangle this terror army before it is ever born", he added.

Erdogan also said during the press conference in Ankara that Turkish armed forces had completed preparations for an operation against the Kurdish-controlled region of Afrin in northwest Syria and the town of Manbij.

In same vein and on force envisaged to form Washington, Syrian government warned that it will end presence of United States in its territory, where national army will recover control of whole country, according to official news agency SANA.

"The U.S. action comes in the framework of its destructive policy in the region to fragment the countries and spur tensions to hinder any solution to the crisis", the ministry charged.

The source warned that Damascus considered any Syrian fighting for militias sponsored by the USA to be "a traitor to their people and nation".

Muslem told Asharq Al-Awsat that Turkey will sink in the Idlib swamp due to its intention to intervene in northern Syria militarily. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the nascent border force is "not helping calm the situation".