Turkey’s prime minister says any Kurdish entity at its border will not be tolerated.

 

Turkish soldiers

 

As Ankara sent more tanks across its frontier into Northern Syria, Binali Yildrim said Turkish forces will stay in Syria until the area is cleared of so-called Islamic State (ISIL) and other militants, referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

 

“Turkey will not tolerate any Kurdish entity at its border. We consider this a great threat to our national security,” said Yildrim on Friday, after a truck bombing by Kurdish insurgents killed at least 11 police officers in the Turkish town of Cizre.

 

Turkish troops fired on YPG fighters south of Jarablus on Thursday (August 25). Washington, however, has backed the YPG in a separate campaign againstISIL in northern Syria, highlighting the cross-cutting of interests of two pivotalNATO allies.