Iran denounces USA 'conspiracy' against Syria

An estimated 8,000-10,000 YPG soldiers are operating in the Afrin region in Syria's Aleppo province, which borders Turkey's Hatay and Kilis areas.

Reportedly, during a telephone conversation, Cavusoglu also discussed the possible military operations in Syria's Afrin city against Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Syrian wing of PKK (YPG).

Russian Federation and Turkey have threatened the US-led coalition's new Kurdish-dominated "Border Security Force".

President Tayyip Erdogan told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a phone call on Tuesday that Turkey would take all necessary precautions to ensure its national security, presidential sources said.

The coalition officials said that it had recently recruited 230 cadets for the new force that it will be tasked with securing areas recently liberated from Islamic State militants, Syria's northern border with Turkey and the eastern border with Iraq.

USA support for the SDF has put enormous strain on ties with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, which views YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - a group that has waged a four-decade insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by the European Union, Turkey and the United States.

The core of the force is to be made up of fighters from the existing Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, the coalition's ally in the fight against ISIS.

"The Border Security Force will be stationed along the borders of SDF-held areas, to include portions of the Euphrates river valley and global borders to the east and north of SDF-liberated territory", the coalition said.

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His statement came in a response to Anadolu Agency's question as to whether the US or the coalition would support Afrin, where a Turkish operation is being seen as imminent, based on statements by Turkish leaders.

"It is absolutely not possible for this to be accepted", he said, adding that Turkey "will continue its fight against any terrorist organisation regardless of its name and shape within and outside its borders".

Tensions with Washington have repeatedly erupted over its support of the SDF, prompting USA troops to deploy in northeast Syria to prevent clashes between the Kurdish forces and Turkey-backed fighters.

It also elicited angry reactions from Syria, Russia and Iran.

"This is what the war in Afrin will be like", he said.

Qasemi pointed out Iran, Russia and Turkey are pursuing a solution to the Syrian conflict through peace talks in Astana and the creation of de-escalation zones. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the nascent border force is "not helping calm the situation". But they came together previous year along with Iran, another Assad ally, to set up "de-escalation" zones that have reduced much of the fighting.

Russian Federation and Turkey, along with the government in Damascus, have also criticized the US/Kurdish plan.

On Thursday, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, David Satterfield, revealed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the USA had an alternate plan for Syria, in the event that the UN-sponsored talks in Geneva failed to produce an agreement.

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