Turkey deploys tanks at Syrian border for new offensive

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The coalition officials said that it had recently recruited 230 cadets for the new force that it will be tasked with securing areas recently liberated from Islamic State militants, Syria's northern border with Turkey and the eastern border with Iraq.

According to the Washington Post, during a speech in Ankara, Ergodan slammed the USA for its continued military support for Kurdish separatist groups in Syria tagged as terrorist organisations by Turkey.

"The United States is now creating a terrorist army near our borders that threatens the security of Turkey".

Mr Erdogan on Saturday said Turkish forces in Syria would "vanquish" Kurdish militia that control the neighbouring region of Afrin, putting Turkey at odds with US-backed forces.

The Kurdish-led regions in Syria say they need the border force to protect them against threats from Ankara and Damascus.

In an email to Reuters, the coalition's Public Affairs Office confirmed details of the new force reported by The Defense Post.

Speaking at the Turkey artisans meeting in the capital, Yildirim said that the U.S.is treating Turkey as its "enemy".

Turkey is ready "at any moment" to start an operation in a besieged border area of Syria, said the president on Monday.

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The group has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by the European Union, Turkey and the U.S.

Syria's main Kurdish groups have emerged so far as one of the few winners in the Syrian war, working to entrench their autonomy over large parts of northern Syria.

To prevent the next Vietnam War, U.S. policymakers must resist efforts by the Trump administration, which is letting a handful of glorified bureaucrats set its Syria policy, and elected representatives of the American people must publicly raise the question why the White House is creating chaos in the Middle East.

The coalition said that about 230 individuals were now undergoing training in the force's inaugural class. "As previously mentioned, recruiting is being done in such a manner as to build a force reflecting the populations they serve".

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said the new force was a sign Washington "doesn't want to preserve the territorial integrity of Syria", adding that it was "not helping calm the situation". "Our operations will continue until not a single terrorist remains along our borders, let alone 30,000 of them".

"The coalition and SDF forces were still engaging Islamic State pockets in Deir al-Zor province, " the USA -led coalition said.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Monday slammed the US bid to form an armed militia in northern Syria as a flagrant violation to Syria's sovereignty, stressing resolve to end the USA presence in Syria, according to state news agency SANA. Washington has said it is ready to stay in the country until it is certain of Islamic State's defeat, and until there is meaningful progress in failed United Nations -sponsored peace talks on ending the conflict.

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