Erdogan: Turkey to act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks without asking US

Erdogan: Turkey to act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks without asking US

Turkey would act "without asking anyone" if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told US President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week.

"We clearly told them this: if there is any sort of attack from the YPG and PYD against Turkey, we will implement the rules of engagement without asking anyone," the Sabah newspaper citing him as saying. 

He added that the US had made its decision on the subject of the Raqqa operation and that Turkey could not participate, given the YPG involvement.

"We told them ... we do not regard your cooperation with a terrorist group in Raqqa as healthy," Erdogan said, adding that he expected a role for Turkey in Syria.

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