Turkey says Syria, Russia, IS, Kurds forming ‘terror belt’

Turkey’s prime minister is accusing Russia and Syria, along with Islamic State militants and US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, of attempting to form a “terror belt” along its border with Syria and says his country won’t let it happen.

In the weekly address to legislators from his ruling party Tuesday, Ahmet Davutoglu says the aim is to establish a terror “structure” — made up of the Islamic State group and the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia group YPG — in Syria’s north. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization because of its links to Turkey’s outlawed Kurdish rebels.

“Turkey is aware of these games aiming to make Turkey a neighbor with a terror structure and will not allow it,” Davutoglu says.


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