Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – The U.S. has warned Turkey against launching any cross-border military operation that seeks to move their forces into areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Kurdistan 24 reported over the weekend.

“The US military is closely watching the Syria-Turkish border due to growing concerns US troops in NE Syria will be caught up in a potential cross border Turkish military operation targeting Kurds in the coming days,” CNN correspondent Ryan Browne reported, as cited by Kurdistan 24.

The spokesperson for the Pentagon, Sean Robertson, told Kurdistan 24 that “Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern,” adding “We would find any such actions unacceptable.”

Robertson told the publication that Washington is conducting “intensive discussions with Turkey on a security mechanism to address their legitimate security concerns.”

“We believe this dialogue is the only way to secure the border area in a sustainable manner,” he continued, “and believe that uncoordinated military operations will undermine that shared interest,” he added.

Prior to these reports, several Turkish publications, including the Daily Sabah and Yeni Safak, stated that a military operation east of the Euphrates was imminent, as the Turkish Armed Forces had already begun deploying heavy armor and military personnel to the Syrian border.

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