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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truthslayer
2016-08-24 12:38

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
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-24 19:08
Reply to  truthslayer

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

Alex
Alex
2016-08-24 12:55

Crybabies kurds.

Nikola Proevski
Nikola Proevski
2016-08-24 12:56

f**k THE KURDS !

Fredrik Eriksson
Fredrik Eriksson
2016-08-24 13:15

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
Alberto Ancillotti
2016-08-24 15:14

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

Ingrid Heimark
Ingrid Heimark
2016-08-24 16:09

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

Zoya
Zoya
2016-08-24 18:15
Reply to  Ingrid Heimark

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
Fredrik Eriksson
2016-08-24 17:13

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
Alberto Ancillotti
2016-08-24 21:00

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
Nikola Proevski
2016-08-24 13:18

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
Nikola Proevski
2016-08-24 13:23

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

longlivesyria
longlivesyria
2016-08-24 16:05

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

Luis Llo Glez
Luis Llo Glez
2016-08-24 12:55

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

Shooresh Golzari
Shooresh Golzari
2016-08-24 14:02

Boohoo

JoyMadrugada R
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JoyMadrugada R
2016-08-24 12:34

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

MarkVam
MarkVam
2016-08-24 12:48

why are they complaining lol

Shima Dwan
Shima Dwan
2016-08-24 13:27

Wipe them out

guest
guest
2016-08-24 14:10

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

AJRimmer
AJRimmer
2016-08-24 14:26

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

Mariana Hussein
Mariana Hussein
2016-08-24 12:34

they are d**n right !

Farhat Kaboudi
Farhat Kaboudi
2016-08-24 12:36

what about the US forces in Hasakah ?

Alberto Ancillotti
Alberto Ancillotti
2016-08-24 13:10

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
Zoya
2016-08-24 18:08

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
Theo
2016-08-24 13:56

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!

Luis Llo Glez
Luis Llo Glez
2016-08-24 12:54

I told you so…

Deny Nurdin
Deny Nurdin
2016-08-24 12:51

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

Alberto Ancillotti
Alberto Ancillotti
2016-08-24 13:07

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
Zoya
2016-08-24 18:18

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
Alberto Ancillotti
2016-08-24 21:06

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

Alberto Ancillotti
Alberto Ancillotti
2016-08-24 21:15

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
Gib Smart
2016-08-24 22:21

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

David William Lazar
David William Lazar
2016-08-24 14:45

ohhhh, poor babies…

SharSue
SharSue
2016-08-24 19:29

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

guest
guest
2016-08-24 20:43

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

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Rob Centros
2016-08-24 21:31

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
Gib Smart
2016-08-24 22:10

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