The artillery of the Turkish army for the second consecutive day fired the territory North of Aleppo, Kurdish troops occupied this week, reports Reuters. Ankara thus requires “groups of national self-defense” to clear the area, including a military air base Manag.
Turkey believes “people’s defence Units” as a terrorist organization. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday said that Kurdish militias are a threat to the border areas. One of the leaders of the Kurds Saleh Muslim, categorically rejected the ultimatum, noting that the liberated base Manag previously controlled terrorist organization “al-jabhat al Nusra”.
Kurdish militias are actually allies of Bashar al-Assad in the fight against the extremists, although officially it does not recognize. The actions of the Kurds provoke the dissatisfaction of the Turkish government. In early February, President Recep Erdogan criticized the U.S. for what Washington has active contacts with the Syrian Kurds.
The organization “people’s defence Units” was established in 2004 on the basis of Kurdish party “Democratic Union”. Its end, it calls for broad autonomy for the Kurds within the Syrian state”