Turkish Reinforcements Arrive on Syrian Border to Counter US-Backed Forces
US forces are beginning to worry about a new front in the Syrian war as Turkish reinforcements arrive on the border of Kurdish controlled Afrin.
(GPA) — Turkey has been exchanging rocket and artillery fire with the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria in recent weeks and it now looks like Ankara is looking to expand operations. Turkey has deployed fresh artillery and armored units to the border and has promised to respond to any actions by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – who they believe are connected to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.
The YPG currently comprises a majority of the US backed coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), but the group is considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government. However, NATO doesn’t share this classification of the YPG, and is currently cooperating with them as the main ground force for retaking the “capital” of the Islamic State, Raqqa.