Turkey Continues Gold-Buying Spree In Quest For Independence From US Dollar

President Of Turkey ~ Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Turkey went on a gold-buying spree in 2017. That trend continued through the first two months of 2018 as the country continues to diversify away from foreign currencies – i.e. the dollar.

Data released by Borsa Istanbul shows Turkey imported 44.47 tons of gold in January and 16.03 tons in February for a total of 60.5 tons over the two-month period.

According to Reuters, gold imports to Turkey hit a record high of 370 tons in 2017. That was more than triple the 106.1 tons of the yellow metal imported into the country a year earlier. The 2017 total was the highest level of gold imports since the data was made available in 1995.

According to Turkish news source Ahval, the surge in gold buying is due to the central bank replacing foreign currency with the yellow metal.

The Turkish central bank has kept quiet about its quest for gold. Bank officials have said they are just seeking to diversify holdings. But according to Alaatin Aktaş, a reporter for the Dünya newspaper, the policy is the result of a request by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to increase the country’s gold reserves and reduce reserves of some foreign currencies.

Reading between the lines, it seems pretty clear Turkey is trying to move away from the dollar and euro. Relations between Turkey and nations such as the US and Germany have deteriorated over the last year.

The Turkish central bank kicked off its latest buying spree around the same time President Erdogan called for Turks to use gold instead of dollars to help stem a drop in the Turkish lira. London-based Metals Focus Ltd. consultant Cagdas Kucukemiroglu said the president is likely pushing the central bank to buy gold.

The president has always been pro-gold and is against the dollar, and that’s informing the central bank’s decision as well.”

We’ve seen a number of countries that have rocky relationships with the US move away from the dollar toward gold over the last year. Russia has bought a significant amount of the yellow metal. In January, Russia added another 20 tons to its reserves, passing China to become the world’s fifth-largest gold-holding country. Russia has bought gold every month since March 2015 in an effort to diversify its foreign currency holdings and minimize its dependence on the US dollar.

And China has boosted its holdings over the last few years as well.  Gold plays a key role in both China and Russia’s plans for economic independence. It seems likely Turkey is taking the same approach.

Interestingly, Turkey is also keeping more of its gold at home.  According to Ahval, the central bank typically stores its gold in London, New York and other financial centers, but is now storing it in Turkey.

This dovetails with another global trend – countries bringing their gold reserves closer to home. Yesterday that we reported that Hungary plans to repatriate all of its gold holdings. As an article at GoldSeek points out, central banks are buying gold and bringing gold home for the same reason  – to increase economic independence and shield themselves from counterparty risk.

Prime Minister Victor Orban of Hungary

The decision to place more focus on gold reserves is a statement by central banks and their governments to reduce the counterparty risk on their reserve assets. When holding another country’s currency you are vulnerable, the same applies to when a third-party holds your gold at a time when their own assets are perhaps more exposed than you’re comfortable with …

The decision to bring gold home is a statement that says [Hungarian] Prime Minister Viktor Orban would rather have the country’s assets close to home rather than in the hands-off a country that perhaps does not have his own best interests at heart.”

It makes sense given current international dynamics that Turkey would also want to loosen the strings of US and Western European influence by unshackling itself from the dollar system.

Gold is a key to economic independence for countries looking to minimize the risk posed by the US fiat currency and to shake off the influence of foreign governments. The Turks seem to recognize this.


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Lavrov: Russia will speed up S-400 deliveries to Turkey

S-400 missile air defence


Moscow is positive about the request by Ankara to speed up the delivery of its S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said after talks with visiting Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“In response to the request by our Turkish partners to speed up the originally planned delivery terms, we are reacting positively,” Lavrov told journalists in the Russian capital on Wednesday. The FM refrained from announcing any dates, only saying that the implementation of the S-400 deal is among the issues “now discussed in practical terms by specialists; they aren’t for public disclosure.”

Moscow and Ankara signed a $2.5 billion agreement on the procurement of Russia’s most advanced S-400 Triumph (known to NATO as the SA-21 Growler) system in December. The delivery of the first complexes to Turkey is scheduled to begin in early 2020, Russian presidential aide for the defense industry cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, told Rossiya 24 channel on Monday. He noted that Russia had accommodated Turkey’s wish to accelerate the implementation of the contract.

“The sooner Turkey receives [the S-400 missile system] the better. Works are continuing to this end,” Cavusoglu said to the same question, as cited by the Hurriyet Daily News.

The deal has strained the already uneasy relations between Turkey and its NATO ally, the US. Washington staunchly opposed the deal, warning Ankara in October that it might face “necessary consequences” in the event that the deal plays out. Buying a Russian-made system, which is not interoperable with the NATO infrastructure, might prevent Turkey from being a part of any future air-defense NATO system, the US military warned.

In the worst case scenario, Washington can slap Ankara with sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was signed in August and aimed, in particular, at hindering Russian arms exports.

Turkey has vowed to stick to the deal despite the pressure.

On Tuesday, Cavusoglu, who was on a two-day visit to Moscow, stressed that Turkey’s NATO membership does not make it a US vassal.

“Turkey is a NATO member, but we are an independent state, we are not a satellite state,” Cavusoglu said during a public talk with students at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, adding that Turkey has “the same right and liberty” as the other NATO members to buy arms from third parties.

He also brushed off concerns that the systems could be employed in the Turkish army operations against Kurds, stating that the S-400 is not intended to be used in Turkey’s offensive in Syria’s Afrin, and will be only deployed as a defensive system “if Turkey is attacked.”

In a recent interview with the German Zeit newspaper, Cavusoglu defended Turkey’s decision to opt for the Russian S-400 complexes, noting that a potential deal to purchase the US Patriot anti-air missiles will likely get stuck in Congress. “We even had troubles with buying simple rifles from the US due to concerns of the Congress. We had to buy it from someone,” he said, adding that he would not rule out Turkey buying the US-made systems in the future, as long as Washington is able to guarantee the lawmakers’ consent.

The S-400 anti-aircraft system is equipped with four types of interceptor missiles operating at ranges from 400 meters to 40 kilometers and is capable of destroying aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles.

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Erdogan: Afrin will soon be ‘fully captured’ by Turkey

Turkey tanks army


The Kurdish Syrian enclave of Afrin “will soon fall completely, God willing,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared in a speech. He added that he hopes it will happen by Wednesday evening.

The statement came as Erdogan addressed local administrators at the presidential compound in Ankara. He also said civilian residents of the area were being evacuated through humanitarian corridors organized by Turkey.

Ankara launched an operation in northwestern Syria two months ago after the US announced that it was planning to boost the predominantly-Kurdish militia force, SDF, with training and weapons. The militias played the role of the ground force for the US-led siege of Raqqa, the now-destroyed stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

The Turkish government considers Syrian Kurdish militias an extension of the domestic Kurdish militant movement, the PKK. Ankara and the PKK have been locked in a decades-long armed conflict that claimed thousands of lives. The empowerment of Syrian Kurds was perceived as a serious threat to national security by the Erdogan government.

Ankara is not planning to seize Syrian territories, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday during a press conference. “The aim of Afrin operation ‘Olive Branch’ is to eliminate terrorists in the region,” the minister stated. He added that Turkey agreed with the US that militants should leave the Afrin region and nearby Manbij city in northeastern Syria.

In the meantime, the Syrian Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) said Erdogan is unrealistic about his plans in Afrin. “This evening he [Erdogan] will take all of Afrin?” YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud asked, according to Reuters. “Erdogan is lying to the people, I don’t know how this would happen,” he added. Turkey considers the YPG to be an arm of the PKK movement, dubbed a terrorist organization by Ankara.

Erdogan has reproached NATO allies over their failure to support his “counter-terrorist” operation in the Kurdish-held Syrian region.

“Hey NATO where are you? We’re fighting so much. NATO, is Turkey not a NATO country? Where are you? You’ve invited NATO-member states to Afghanistan,” Erdogan said in an inflammatory comment.

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Turkey announces its preparations for invading Greece

On 17 February President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech on Operation Olive Branch (the current invasion of Syria by the Turkish army) at the Provincial Congress of Eskişehir of the AKP. He declared the following:
“Those who think that we have erased from our hearts the lands of from which we withdrew in tears, 100 years ago, are quite mistaken.
On ever occasion we say time and time again, that Syria, Iraq and other places on the map of our hearts are no different from our own homeland. Wherever a call to prayer is heard, we fight to ensure that no foreign flag flutters.
What we have done till now, is nothing compared to the far bigger attacks that we have in mind for the forthcoming days. This is what God wants!”

Turkey, a Nato member, is already occupying territories in Cyprus, Iraq and Syria. She is making a claim to Greek territories where a Muslim minority is dwelling.

On 15 October 2016, President Erdogan unveiled Turkey’s new foreign policy, during a speech delivered at the university which bears his name. He announced his intention to reconquer the territories that his country had been deprived of following its defeat at the end of the First World War. By this, Erdogan would be implementing the national oath (Misak-ı Millî) of the last Ottoman Parliament, adopted in 12 February 1920. Erdogan mentioned specifically Western Thrace and the archipelago of Dodecaneso which today form part of Greece.

In December 2017, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the People’s Republican Party (CHP, socialist), announced that Turkey would invade 18 Greek islands in 2019 just as Bülent Ecevit had invaded Cyprus in 1974 because, “there is no document” proving that these island depend on Athens.

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Turkey: The US has chosen to work with terrorist groups

Daesh has lost territorial control in Syria and Iraq, but it still retains the capacity to inflict horrors.


The so-called People’s Protection Units, or Y.P.G., are simply the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party terrorist organization by another name, writes Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The United States is bound to the Middle East by interests, but Turkey shares about 800 miles of border with Syria and Iraq. In this geography and beyond, Turkey and the United States share the goal of defeating terrorist organizations that threaten our nations. Daesh (or the so-called Islamic State) has been our common enemy, and the victory against the group could not have been possible without Turkey’s active contributions.

Those contributions continue even though the group has been defeated militarily in both Iraq and Syria. The Turkish military was crucial in the liberation of the northern Syrian city of Jarabulus from Daesh in 2016. Turkey detained more than 10,000 members of Daesh and al-Qaeda affiliates, and deported about 5,800 terrorists while denying entry to more than 4,000 suspicious travelers.

Daesh has lost territorial control in Syria and Iraq, but it still retains the capacity to inflict horrors. Turkish authorities recently carried out operations against Daesh cells and damaged its efforts to reorganize.

U.S. officials have told us that the United States wants to remain engaged and needs boots on the ground in Syria to prevent the remnants of Daesh from regrouping, but fighting Daesh cannot and should not mean we won’t fight other terrorist groups which threaten our country and the security of our citizens.

An Impasse

An impasse has been created between us by the United States’ choice of local partner in this war: a group the U.S. government recognizes as a terrorist organization. The so-called People’s Protection Units, or Y.P.G., are simply the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party terrorist organization by another name.

The groups have adopted different names and developed convoluted structures, but that doesn’t cloak their reality. They are led by the same cadres, train in the same camps, share organizational and military structures, and use the same propaganda tools and financial resources. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., directs the Y.P.G., and the P.K.K. suicide bombers are trained in Y.P.G. camps in Syria.

To our dismay, the Y.P.G./P.K.K. terrorists across our borders in Iraq and Syria are using weapons and training provided by the United States. The weapons confiscated by our security forces from P.K.K. terrorists have also been significantly increasing in both number and sophistication.

A NATO ally arming a terrorist organization that is attacking another NATO ally is a fundamental breach of everything NATO stands for. It is a policy anomaly that needs to be corrected.

We have no doubt the United States will note the damage this policy is inflicting on the credibility of the NATO alliance and correct said policy by putting its allies and long-term interests first again. U.S. reliance on the People’s Protection Units is a self-inflicted error when the United States already has a capable partner in Turkey.

Turkey, however, cannot afford to wait for eventual and inevitable course corrections. Paying lip service to understanding Turkey’s security concerns does not remove those threats and dangers.

In recent weeks, Turkish authorities have documented an increase in threats posed by the Y.P.G. and Daesh encampments in Syria. Terrorists in the Afrin region in Syria were menacing the lives and property of both the people of the region and Turks along the border. We had to act, and so Turkey has launched Operation Olive Branch against the terrorists in Afrin.

The operation has a clear objective: to ensure the security of our borders and neutralize the terrorists in Afrin. It is carried out on the basis of international law, in accordance with our right to self-defense. The targets are the terrorists, their shelters, their weapons and related infrastructure. The Turkish Army is acting with utmost precaution to avoid harming civilians.

Humanitarian Efforts

We have already intensified our humanitarian efforts substantially, setting up camps to help the civilians fleeing Afrin. We are already hosting more than three million Syrians, and Turkish humanitarian agencies are helping those who need our support.

Turkey will continue the mission until terrorists are wiped out. Turkey will not consent to the creation of separatist enclaves or terrorist safehavens that threaten its national security and are against the will of the Syrian people.

Turkey has already been active in every political process that seeks a solution to the quagmire in Syria. Maintaining the territorial integrity of Syria is key to the peace efforts. Clearing terrorists means opening space for peace.

We strive for a future that is free of terrorist entities, imploding neighbors, wars and humanitarian calamities in our region. Turkey deserves the respect and support of the United States in this essential fight.

Mevlut Cavusoglu is Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Turkey bombs giant portrait of Kurdish leader Ocalan near Afrin (VIDEO)

According to Turkish media, the skyward-facing portrait is located on the slope of Mount Darmik in the north-western Syrian Kurdish enclave, which is being targeted by a Turkish air-and-ground operation. The footage of the airstrike shows the giant portrait from the air before a powerful explosion hits it. As the clouds of smoke and dust dissipate, a gaping hole can be seen where the Kurdish leader’s month was.

There are conflicting reports about the details of the operation, which apparently had no direct military goal. According to the Daily Sabah, the bombing was done by a domestically-developed armed drone of the Turkish air force. Turkey has several armed drones in various stages of development, including the armed version of the Vestel Karayel, which reportedly was first used for a combat mission in 2016.

But TRT Haber TV station says the laser-guided bomb was dropped on the portrait by an F-16 jet, with a reconnaissance drone later confirming the hit.

Ocalan is a prominent Kurdish leader and founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organization that waged a decades-long guerilla war against the Turkish government. He was captured by Turkish forces in 1999 following an intelligence operation in Kenya, while being transported from the Greek embassy to an airport. He was later tried and sentenced to death for treason but never executed, since Turkey has had a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since the mid-1980s.

Despite his continued incarceration, Ocalan continues to be a powerful symbolic figure for many Kurds. For instance, his portrait was prominently displayed amid much celebration in Raqqa, after the city was taken by US-supported, predominantly Kurdish militias last year. Ankara interprets such gestures as proof that Kurdish armed groups in Syria and Iraq are nothing more than an extension of the PKK, which is labelled a terrorist organization in Turkey.

The ongoing cross-border operation in Afrin was launched by Turkey following the US announcement of a plan to create a Kurdish border security force, which Turkish officials pre-emptively branded a terrorist army.

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Re: Ex-Hezbollah leader hails Turkey’s Mideast policy

Former Secretary-General of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement, Subhi al-Tufayli, has praised Turkey’s policy in the Middle East region.

“Turkey is the only country that cares about Syria’s security and unity and its foreign policy is in accordance with the expectations and will of the Syrian people,” al-Tufayli, 70, said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

He hailed the Turkish position regarding recent anti-government protests in Iran.

“Turkey announced that they would refuse any sort of foreign interference in Iran and emphasized that peace and social stability should be preserved in its neighbour,” he said.

“Ankara has successfully overcome all troubles and handled regional problems appropriately,” he said. “Iran, however, was not that sensitive to some incidents that took place in Turkey.”

Hariri: Hezbollah’s participation ensures Lebanon’s stability

Hezbollah and Iran are main supporters of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime, whose forces have put down pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity in 2011, triggering a deadly civil war that killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.

After leading Hezbollah from 1989 to 1991, al-Tufayli is now a vocal critic of the group’s current leadership, especially its policy on Syria.

‘Demonic’ US policy

The ex-Hezbollah leader decried last month’s decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Trump’s practices and policies are flagrant, demonic and dirty,” he said. “US interests will be damaged severely in the long term.”

US stresses Lebanon must cut Hezbollah from financial system

Trump’s policy shift on Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967, has triggered a worldwide outcry and protests in several countries.

Al-Tufayli accused Washington of turning a “blind eye” toward Hezbollah militia fighting Sunnis.

He believes that Hezbollah weapons will be debated ahead of the Lebanese election, set for 6 May.

Today, most of the Lebanese groups objecting to Hezbollah’s weapons voice concern not because they are against it, but because they themselves don’t have such weapons,

he said.

“The Lebanese people should be saved from sectarianism and the use of weapons,” the former Hezbollah leader said. “Hezbollah’s weapons are a significant threat to the Lebanese people.

Al-Tufayli accused the Lebanese political groups of being “dependent” on foreign countries.

“Iran, Saudi Arabia, France and Russia pursue their own projects and interests, they don’t care about the Lebanese people,” he said.

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US refuses to budge as Turkey extends military ops into US-occupied Manbij

US Army Syria


After launching its Olive Branch operation in Syria’s Afrin, the Turkish authorities said that the operation was likely to expand towards the neighboring city of Manbij, where the US has some 2,000 of its military personnel deployed.

Pulling US forces from Manbij is “not something we are looking into”, US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel said Monday.

Earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara will not limit its precautionary measures against the YPG to Syria’s Afrin district but could move to Manbij, also in Aleppo province.

The foreign minister reportedly said that, contrary to US promises, the cities of Manbij and Raqqa were not governed by local councils after being liberated from the Daesh terrorist group, but rather came under the control of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The latter is considered by Turkey to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey.

Following Cavusoglu’s statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish Forces would completely clear the region of terrorists, beginning with the Syrian city of Manbij and throughout the entire Turkey-Syria border.

Prior to Erdogan’s speech, the Turkish Armed Forces launched an operation, dubbed Olive Branch, against Kurdish forces in Syria’s Afrin district. The Turkish government said it had informed Damascus and Moscow, its co-guarantor in the Syrian peace process, of its operation, and has taken into account the position of Tehran, the third guarantor state.

The operation was provoked, as Ankara explained, by the necessity for the country to protect its borders from a “terrorist army,” the new “Border Defense Forces,” comprising the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish YPG militias, trained by the US.

On the day the operation started, Pentagon Representative Adrian Rankine-Galloway said that the US recognized Turkey’s concerns regarding the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), but called on all sides to avoid escalation and focus on countering terrorism.

Besides Turkey, the US also deployed troops to Syria in 2014 without obtaining a mandate from either the UN or Syria. Damascus has numerous times called on both countries to withdraw their troops from Syrian territory.

In his most recent call, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad dubbed such deployments “invasive,” adding that Damascus would regard such actions as “occupation.”

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US troops must leave Syria’s Manbij – Turkey’s Foreign Minister

Cavusoglu told reporters on Saturday that the US needs to immediately withdraw from the region near the city of Manbij, adding that Washington providing guns to the YPG must also stop. The foreign minister said Turkey wants to see proactive steps from the US, not simply promises.

Turkish forces are conducting an offensive, codenamed ‘Olive Branch’, targeting Kurdish fighters linked to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in and around Afrin, Syria. Russia has expressed concern over the developments, urging all parties to respect Syria’s borders.

Turkey’s operation has frayed relations between the Trump administration and Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office over the US provision of weapons and support to Kurdish forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

READ MORE: Turkey’s Erdogan says will rid Syria’s Manbij of terrorists after Afrin op

The minister’s call on the US to remove its support for Kurdish fighters came after Erdogan warned that Turkish forces plan to move beyond Afrin to the Syrian city of Manbij. US soldiers are currently stationed there, supporting Kurdish YPG militias. Last Thursday, Trump reportedly raised concerns about Turkey’s actions in a call to Erdogan, suggesting ‘Olive Branch’ is a destabilizing move.

“President Trump relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin, Syria, risks undercutting [sic] our shared goals in Syria,” a White House spokesperson said. “He urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.”

Turkey’s incursion into Syria has been documented through the Instagram accounts of their own soldiers. RT.com found that the number of geotagged Instagram posts has risen sharply during the time Turkish troops have been there.

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US promises Turkey to stop arming Syrian Kurds – media

Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster held a phone call on Friday evening, Anadolu news agency said. McMaster confirmed that Washington would no longer provide weapons to fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD). 

Later on Saturday Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Washington should immediately withdraw from northern Syria’s Manbij region, located some 100 km from Afrin. Speaking to reporters, the top official said that the US should take steps to end its support of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

READ MORE: ‘Operation Olive Branch’: Key points of Turkish military campaign against Syrian Kurds

This is not the first time the US has promised to stop supporting Kurdish militias in Syria with arms: In December 2017, US Defense Secretary James Mattis made a statement to similar effect. Asked if the US indeed intends to halt its arming of the Kurdish forces in Syria, Mattis said, “Yes.” However, at that time Washington did not release any clear statement of the White House’s position on that matter.

The military operation launched by Turkey in and around Afrin follows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s promise to “strangle” the new Border Security Force (BSF) in Syria. Earlier in January the US-led coalition announced that it would help create the 30,000-strong BSF, half of which would be comprised of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance.

Turkey was angered by the fact that the major force behind the SDF is the Kurdish People’s Protection units (YPG), linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which is designated as terrorist by Turkey.

Shortly after the operation in Afrin was launched, Erdogan turned on Ankara’s allies, insinuating that the US in particular was providing massive military support to Kurdish YPG in Syria. “Now, apart from 5,000 trucks, there are weapons and ammunition from around 2,000 planes.” the Turkish leader said.

During the week-long operation in northern Syria, Turkey has repeatedly urged the US to stop arming Kurdish militias. “Those who support the terrorist organization will become a target in this battle,” Turkish deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday. “The United States needs to review its soldiers and elements giving support to terrorists on the ground in a way to avoid a confrontation with Turkey.”

The US and Turkey have long argued over the status and future of Syria’s Kurds. Ankara has repeatedly slammed Washington for delivering military supplies to Kurds in Syria. According to a Hurriyet Daily News report from December 2017, US President Donald Trump approved arming the Syrian Kurds, including with anti-tank, anti-aircraft and mortar weapons, due to be delivered in 2018. The US authorities didn’t comment on the report.

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