A Turkish flag flies over the Karkamis border crossing, as an Islamic State flag is seen at the customs office of Syria's Jarablus border gate in the background, in Karkamis, in Gaziantep province, Turkey August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

(Reuters) Syrian Kurdish officials attacked Turkey’s military intervention in Syria as “a blatant aggression” and warned that Ankara was entering a “quagmire” after it deployed tanks and troops against an Islamic State-held border town on Wednesday.

Turkish forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have crossed the border to take the town of Jarablus from Islamic State in an operation described by Ankara as aimed at securing its frontier against both the jihadist group and Kurdish fighters.

Saleh Muslim, head of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), wrote in a tweet that “Turkey is in Syrian quagmire”, adding that it “will be defeated as Daesh”, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.

Redur Xelil, spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, said the intervention was a “blatant aggression in Syrian internal affairs” and accused Ankara of working in agreement with the Syrian government and its backer, Iran.

Turkey backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but is also worried that Kurdish forces which have fought the Syrian government pose a threat to its own security.

Ankara sees the PYD and YPG as a threat because of their links with the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency on Turkish soil since 1984.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a grouping of U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State, of which the YPG is a main part, have taken territory across northern Syria from the jihadist group, causing concern in Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that those Syrian Kurdish fighters must return to areas east of the Euphrates river.

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Xelil of the YPG said that it was up the SDF to respond to that demand. The U.S.-coalition against Islamic State also supported Turkey’s intervention on Wednesday with air strikes, it said.

He called the Turkish intervention “a declaration of war” on the autonomous administration set up by Kurdish groups in northern Syria since 2011.

“The response – its means and form – require discussion,” he told Reuters. “But in principle we will not accept this occupation.”

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truthslayer
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The’re crying now….but what about their aggression in Hasakah towards the NDF and SAA and the US aggression they condone and allow to build bases in Syria.!!
They have nobody but themselves to blame for the situation they find themselves in today 🙁

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Not so sure. Wait and see… I may be wrong but I smell balkanisation, including Turkey.

Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

Never make a deal with the devil… Or the US, just the same…

Alex
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Alex

Crybabies kurds.

Nikola Proevski
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Nikola Proevski

f**k THE KURDS !

Fredrik Eriksson
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Fredrik Eriksson

You reap what you sow. Why should Assad give a f**k if these ypg/pkk/pyd rats get slaughter by turks in syria? They got the benefit of the doubt and abused it. Now pay the piper.

Alberto Ancillotti
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Alberto Ancillotti

#Turkey’s intervention in northern #Syria is not about fighting #ISIS. It’s preventing #Rojava. Fear Kurdish State more than Islamic State!

Ingrid Heimark
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Ingrid Heimark

Why should kurds support assad when this Racism ans hatred flourishes?

Zoya
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Zoya

Oh yes, that is what is CNN reporting. In reality there are just options in Syria. To be with Jihadi Sharia or to be Secular. All this time madamme u and ur country give ur money, weapon, love to people who actually beheads children, use women for s*x slaves, wraping them in black curtains…Kurds have know for all this – that is why they were in more than good realtions with SAA. Until 3 days ago – and look what happened…

Fredrik Eriksson
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Fredrik Eriksson

Ingrid it’s the kurds in ypg/pkk/pyd/sdf who are performing the ethnic cleansing in northen syria. They are the ones that are stealing land for an ethnostate exkluding arabs, assyrians, and other various indiginus people/tribes in that area. And don’t give us the bullshit that the land somehow belongs to them by right as a people, since they stole it from the assyrians.

Alberto Ancillotti
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Alberto Ancillotti

Many thousand Arab people find refuge from war, in kurd kanton Efrin,the Kurds have saved thousand yazidi people from ISIS, many arab,yazidi ,assyrian fighter join YPG JPG each day, only a stupid can say that the rojava kurds are racist, ,stupids and fascists!

Nikola Proevski
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Nikola Proevski

the f*****g kurds attacked Syrian army and Christians NDF, NOW KURDS WILL BE FUCKED FROM THOSE WHO GIVE THEM ORDER TO ATTACK OUR CHRISTIANS AND SYRIAN ARMY, f**k KURDS #FUCkKURDS http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-joins-turkish-forces-to-launch-push-against-islamic-state-in-syria-1472016805

Nikola Proevski
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Nikola Proevski

#Turkey-s entry into #Syria shows one thing for sure, the #PYD and #YPG have been screwed over by the U.S

longlivesyria
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longlivesyria

Stupid Kurds should have known better to depend on the US support. They also should not have tried to steal land from Syria.

Shooresh Golzari
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Shooresh Golzari

Boohoo

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JoyMadrugada R

i told you many times kurds when the hasaka USA backed incident happened .. BUT no you continue … so sad now

MarkVam
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MarkVam

why are they complaining lol

Shima Dwan
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Shima Dwan

Wipe them out

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to the h**l with Kurds and to the h**l with Turks.

AJRimmer
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AJRimmer

Just yesterday they were dancing on the graves of their fellow Syrians.

Mariana Hussein
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Mariana Hussein

they are d**n right !

Farhat Kaboudi
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Farhat Kaboudi

what about the US forces in Hasakah ?

Alberto Ancillotti
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Alberto Ancillotti

Farhat Kaboudi the “us force in hasakah” is a film in your mind,for the tribe mercenary warriors NDF, YPG is more than enough! Two days only! Usa are now supporting the turkish invasion against Kurdish and Syrian people this is not a film, is reality!

Zoya
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Zoya

Alberto, film is maybe in your head. US have many times in last past months openly said that they have their trainers in Rojava. Just 2 days ago they threat they would shot off the sky SAA Aviation, cause they have bombed 2 times near the campus where their trainers are situated. And besides them there are Franch and Britan specially crews too… Reason that US now support Turkey is cause they are NATO allies, they cant turn out to be ignired by Turkey(as they were) and after all, Turkey have powerfull armada – so now they will make a… Read more »

Theo
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Theo

Oh they are? But guess what – they are not officials, nobody reckognize them as part who is equal to other participiants…even US havent call them in the UN talks….that is what they have provoce – final steps in desintegration of country – they killed NDF and SAA – maybe they will feel more confortable with jihadist from Turkey …disgrace…what they have done to Syria, which always was fair with their refugees taking them from Iran(pahlavi time) Irak(Saddam) and Turkey eversince 1970…shame on you Kurds!

Deny Nurdin
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Deny Nurdin

lol …. look that new ‘land owner’ guy !!

Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

I told you so…

Alberto Ancillotti
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Alberto Ancillotti

Curds and Syrian unite against turkish invasion! Erdogan have supported ISIS for 5 years and now with the YPG avancing..military intervention and invasion! Hassan Ridha ‏@sayed_ridha
PYD’s Saleh Moslem: Turkey will lose alot after entering “Syrian swamp”, Syrians & SDF oppose incursion, Turkey backed IS/Islamists for 5yrs

Zoya
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Zoya

Yeah that is great idea. But it is kinda hard to do it when only yesterday SAA soldiers were killed in Hasaka.

Also – SAA is strugling to keep Nusra out of Aleppo…with all this happening it is big possibility that Aleppo can fall…so once again, thnx Kurds , tnx alot…

Alberto Ancillotti
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Alberto Ancillotti

The Kurds have only a word, like promise :Clashes reported between FSA & SDF forces at ‘Amarnah south of Jarablus

Alberto Ancillotti
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Alberto Ancillotti

IMPORTANT: Rebels retreated from Amarinah town & #SDF is now controlling it.#A24 https://twitter.com/24Aleppo/status/768491027376275456
8:10 PM – 24 Aug 2016

Gib Smart
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Gib Smart

kurd choosed the wrong friendship USA,… now enjoy the fruits

David William Lazar
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David William Lazar

ohhhh, poor babies…

SharSue
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SharSue

Maybe the Kurds ought to stop trying to steal land from Syria.

guest
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guest

Kurds are CIA & MOSAD army. Turkey is a NATO army. Both have to be killed.

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Rob Centros

The Kurds probably should have thought a little closer about their attacks on the Syrian Army in Hasakah. Kind of c**p*ed in their own nest.

Gib Smart
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Gib Smart

help yourself now yu choose the wrong path of friendship,.. USA are using yu for their own gain then dump yu