(AFP) Turkey on Thursday said it had “every right” to intervene if Syrian Kurdish militia do not withdraw east of the Euphrates River in Syria, as promised by the United States.

The Syrian Kurdish forces “must move to the east of the Euphrates and Turkey is following this very closely,” Defense Minister Fikri Isik told NTV television.

He was speaking a day after Ankara launched an offensive in Syrian town of Jarablus.

“If this withdrawal doesn’t happen, Turkey has every right to intervene,” Isik added.

Turkey has claimed the offensive in Syria is aimed not just at Takfiri ISIL group, but also the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.

US Vice President Joe Biden, visiting Turkey on Wednesday, made clear that Washington has strictly told the YPG not to move west of the Euphrates and would no longer receive American support if they did.

But the minister said there was as yet no sign of the withdrawal.

“They have not yet withdrawn but we are watching and monitoring whether they will withdraw. Turkey will be following, moment by moment,” Isik said, adding the withdrawal was promised within a week.

A  spokesman for the US-led coalition against ISIL had tweeted that the Syrian Kurdish forces “have moved east across the Euphrates to prepare for the eventual liberation” of the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said only a small number of the Kurdish forces had moved east back across the river, and most were still on the western side.

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The Kurdish forces were still present around the Syrian town of Manbij seized from ISIL earlier this month, which lies well west of the Euphrates, it added.

But the YPG told AFP in Beirut it had no interest in listening to ultimatums laid down by Turkey.

“The YPG are Syrians and they are present on Syrian land — Turkey cannot impose restrictions on the movements of Syrians on their land,” said YPG spokesman Redur Xelil.

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Achillus
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They have NOT the right!

زخاري رويال
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Support Turkey against Kurd’s, support Kurd’s against Isis but not Syrian gov, against partition and Kurdish independence.

anony
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i cant wait until these arrogant stubborn scum bags get justice served to them

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Turkey does not have the right to do any of that. The Kurds do not have the right to steal land and kick people off their land either. This is al illegal under international laws. If Turkey has the right to do that, then does it mean Russia has the right to invade Ukraine when NATO is on their doorsteps? The hypocrites from NATO just contradicts theirselves every time they open up their mouth. No one has the right to operate inside Syria except for the legitimate government of Syria, Russia, Iran, and China. The Kurds can operate too if… Read more »
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For US ruling elite war is peace.

Daeshbags Sux
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Turkey already intervenes in Syria for 5 years.
Bodycount must be around near 300k dead now.
Enverdogan Pasha is less efficient than his ancester Enver Pasha in genociding people but he’s patient, in the end, he may find a way to beat turkey’s genocidal scores…

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I agree the Osmanlis have no right, and if the YPG calls themselves Syrian, then stop attacking SAA, NDF, and the Christians in Hasaka, they are Syrians.

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That was a nice joke, Turkey leaving NATO and cozying up to Russia, I guess a few of you actually believed that stunt. Ha-ha… Syrians who believe they can be free again are delusional. Too many shekels involved, Golan and Qatari pipeline…

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Turkey has no right to invade any country for any reason whatsoever. It seems like they are determined to establish buffer zone for the terrorists aka “moderate opposition” they and US NATO support. So what has Putin achieved so far? Is he using Syria as a bargaining chip? Does he support the preservation of integrity of the Syrian territory? Not quiet sure.

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