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YPG says it has crossed Turkey's “red-line” in Syria

By Rudaw 3/2/2016
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The Syrian Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have announced that they have extended westward from the Euphrates River in their fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

The spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Servan Derwes criticized repeated Turkish threats to crush the SDF-YPG (while the SDF consists of various non-Kurdish tribal elements the YPG is still the primary backbone of that group) were it to cross Turkey's "red-line" in their fight against ISIS, which still occupies areas in a 60-mile wide strip of northwestern Syrian border territory west of the Euphrates, by pointing out that they are already west of that river.

"Anyone who doesn't believe can come and see," he told the Aksiyon weekly according to Todays Zaman. "Turkey is helping ISIL," he continued, "Turkey is crossing the border [into Syria] at Jarablus and allowing ISIL to breathe."

"Whoever helps the terrorists is a terrorist to us, and we will fight them," he said in a clear challenge to Ankara. "By moving into the area west of the Euphrates, we have squeezed ISIL."

Aksiyon also interviewed the YPG Commander Simko on Monday who described the Tishrin Dam the group seized from ISIS in December as the "gate to Afrin." A reference to Syria Kurdistan's remaining unconnected westernmost canton.

"By taking this dam, we have crossed west of the Euphrates and taken a historical step," Simko added.

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SIMKO | 3/2/2016
My name is Simko too,because all Kurds we are proud of the legacy of the great Kurdish leader SIMKO who faught for the establishment of the Kurdish State.I am proud of the new generations of Simko fighting for the Kurdish independence.Let's join all Kurdish territories of Sene,Mahabad,Kerkuk Hewler, Van,Bitlis,Amed ,Qameshle,Kobane and Afrin .Let's push further westwards to the mediterranean shore.Long Live The Kurdish Nation.
EddySaf EddySaf | 3/2/2016
It is time everyone stood up to Turkey because it is not right that Turkey is helping ISIS so Turkey can buy cheap oil from ISIS.
Muraz Adzhoev | 3/2/2016
YPG is obliged to join united Kurdish armed forces of Western Kurdistan and fight in full coordination with the Peshmerga army Headquarter of Southern Kurdistan to be successful and efficient in favor of integrated and ndependent Kurdistan.
John | 3/2/2016
long live Kurds with there efforts against the terrorism.
dutchnational | 3/2/2016
It is time all kurdish forces start to cordinate in a common war room with a joint PKK, PYD, KRG command. The powerplays between the groups should stop, the KDP should stop trying to use the militia for political control. One militia within Rojava, one militia within Iraq, under joint control.

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