BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have warned that they are prepared to defend their territories in northern Syria should Turkey attempt to invade.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Syrian Democratic Forces warned that they will “not hesitate to turn any unprovoked [Turkish] attack into an all-out war.”

The SDF statement came shortly after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to carry out an air-and-ground operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces and their allies from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley.

“We have finalized preparations and conducted required instruction,” Erdogan said in his statement on Saturday.

Erdogan previously vowed to launch an operation east of the Euphrates; however, after a meeting with U.S. officials, he agreed to setup a safe zone along the Turkish border.

However, since the implementation of this safe zone, Turkey has complained that Washington has not lived up to their end of the agreement.

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“When two tribes go to war….”
I do wish the Turks go to war with the Kurds. For the Syrian nation and people that hopefully would be two problems cancelling each out…..

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You seem to forget that these Kurds are more Syrian than Syrian Arabs : they’re here for twice as long…

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The coalition aircraft are flying over Tal Abyad…
No Fly Zone baby! Mark my words, if Turks open fire, it won’t be like with the Russian Su-24M in 2015…

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Parece que Erdogan quiere pozos petroleros de Siria que actualmente está en poder de los Kurdos…

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Good point but lets not forget that the Turks would not like to see the Kurds in Turkey have more autonomy either. The latter would be encouraged by an independent Kurdish state on Turkey’s borders formed from the US facilitated grabbed lands of Iraq and Syria.

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There are 40 millions Kurds… Actually, their lands were grabbed from them and repartitioned between Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran at the fall of the Ottoman empire and due to the actions of Ataturk which led to the cancellation of the Sèvres treaty which would have been way more just.