MESOP TODAYS QUOTATION YPG advances in N. Syria, Ankara’s red lines crossed

The pro-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have extended their reach to the west of the Euphrates, an issue that is regarded as a “red line” for Ankara, and have their eye on uniting the cantons in the north of Syria to form a unitary Kurdish entity, according to a report by a Turkish current affairs weekly. In an interview with the Aksiyon weekly, Şervan Derweş, the spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), largely made up of YPG forces with contingents of Arab tribesmen from northeast Syria, expressed his anger at Turkey and claimed that the YPG had already advanced into territory west of the Euphrates. “

Anyone who doesn’t believe can come and see.” “Turkey is helping [the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] ISIL. Turkey is crossing the border [into Syria] at Jarabulus and allowing ISIL to breathe. Whoever helps the terrorists is a terrorist to us, and we will fight them,” he said, referring to Turkey. “By moving into the area west of the Euphrates, we have squeezed ISIL.” Read all