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Earlier, it was reported that a senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that U.S. special forces may turn from allies into targets just because the United States of America continued supporting the Kurds.

"Countries which we regard as friends and allies must display an open and clear stance against all kinds of terror, instead of taking steps which amount to legitimising terror structures".

After Macron's meeting Thursday with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Kurdish figures claimed that the French leader had promised to send troops to Manbij near Syria's border with Turkey.

Manbij, in northern Syria, has recently become another major point of disagreement between the US and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, Turkey, over the presence of the Kurdish militant group People's Protection Units, also known as the YPG.

"The various names and disguises can not hide the true identity of the terrorist organisation".

During Thursday's talks, Macron acknowledged the "role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh", the Elysee said using an Arabic acronym for IS.

Koseoglu added that Turkish officials see such mediation efforts "as an attempt to legitimise the PKK and YPG under the name of SDF in terms of fighting against ISIL".




Erdogan stressed his resolve to continue and expand the operation.

The Turkish president added that Macron had made "strange remarks" in a call about Syria last week. "I was forced to point it out to him, even if the tone was a bit raised", he said, without giving details.

"France's assurance of support for PYD/YPG/YPJ terror organisations is clear cooperation and solidarity with terror groups attacking Turkey", wrote Bozdag on Twitter.

"In the meeting, it is stated that the terrorists in Manbij should be removed from the area, otherwise Turkey will not hesitate to take initiative by itself as it did in other regions", the statement from the security council, chaired by Erdogan, said. Ankara considers the Kurdish YPG, which forms the strongest force in the SDF, to be a terrorist group. "We hope France does not take such an irrational step".

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.

Erdogan's comments on Friday came less than two weeks after Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army rebels drove YPG fighters from Afrin city in northern Syria.


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