Turkey is prepared to launch a new, wide-ranging military operation in northern Syria "at the slightest threat" to its security by Kurdish YPG fighters. He was, of course, referring to the United States, whose troops are now all that seem to be standing between Turkish troops and the YPG.
Among the issues discussed between the parties also was written guarantees of the US that detachments of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) won't use USA armament against Turkey.
"We will respond to any Turkish attacks on Rojava-Northern Syria".
But the United States regards the Kurdish militia as a reliable force to fight the Islamic State terrorists in Syria.
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The statement from Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus came just a day after the Turkish military fired artillery at the YPG positions south of the town of Azaz in what it said was a response to the YPG's targeting of Turkey-backed FSA (Free Syrian Army) that are fighting Daesh along Syria's northern border region.
Mattis said the us gave the fighters weapons they needed for the urban fighting they are facing in Raqqa.
On a different note, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey could launch a new cross-border operation in northern Syria.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration's recent decision to arm the YPG threatens to create similar tension between Turkey and the Kurds in the north of the country.
On Thursday, Kurtulmus repeated the Turkish government's criticism of the USA administration and called the arming of the YPG a result of U.S. "indecision". Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis suggested on June 27 that the US may continue to arm the Kurds after the battle of Raqqa. "In the first two weeks [of the campaign], there was significant progress-very quick progress that was made... the SDF in the advance have since hit some significant resistance from ISIS", U.S. coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon said on Sunday. Commenting on Ankara's claims Tuesday, Mattis said, "we'll do what we can".