Turkey warns France of bolstering military presence in Syria

Turkish army cleans Afrin roads of terrorist mines

Emmanuel Macron met a delegation from Syria on Thursday, which included the YPG, the Kurdish militias, as well as the Kurds' political arm, the PYD. Ankara considers the Kurdish YPG, which forms the strongest force in the SDF, to be a terrorist group.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily refused, accusing Macron on Friday of overstepping "his limits" and going "over his head".

Turkish military has defused almost 650 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 80 landmines since the start of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria's Afrin, according to military sources.

The official argued that the operation is jeopardizing the broader USA -led military campaign against the Islamic State group.

Residents of Syria's Idlib called on Turkey to rescue their region from terror as they took to the streets in Saraqib demanding that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) enter their city to restore peace after Turkey's successful Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in Syria's north, Yeni Safak reports.

"Who are you to mediate between Turkey and a terror group?"

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"Those who host at the highest level the members of a terrorist organisation, which has been freely carrying out its activities in their countries, should be aware that this is nothing but an expression of hostility against Turkey", he said.

"We hope France doesn't come to us for help when the terrorists running from Syria and Iraq fill their country after being encouraged by their policy", he said.

Erdogan justified his tough talk against France by implying that Macron has taken leave of his senses.

Turkey regards Kurdish fighters in Syria as a threat and continues a cross-border military operation against the SDF. "I was forced to point it out to him, even if the tone was a bit raised", he said, without giving details.

The Council said it also expected Iraq's government to prevent the PKK operating in Iraq, especially in towns of Sinjar and Qandil.

Further enraging the Turks, bona fide militants from the PKK attacked a military base in southeastern Turkey and killed six soldiers on Thursday or Friday; the timeline of the attack is presently unclear.

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