Turkey to take 'any steps necessary immediately' to 'defeat threats'

Turkey to take 'any steps necessary immediately' to 'defeat threats'

Turkey's top security body, the National Security Council (MGK), said Wednesday it will take "any steps necessary immediately" to "defeat threats" upon the United States' announcement that it is building an army of PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists on the Syrian border, Daily Sabah reports.

The Council convened Wednesday under the chairmanship of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss a possible operation on the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin — which is held by the PKK's Syrian affiliate the Democratic People Union (PYD) and its armed wing the YPG — and the extension of the state of emergency for another three months.

"The establishment of a terror corridor and the formation of a terrorist army across the border will not be allowed," the statement by the Council said, referring to the U.S. plan to establish a 30,000-strong SDF border security force.

"It is regrettable that a state, which is part of NATO and our ally in bilateral relations, declares the terrorists as its partner and provides them with weapons, without any concern for our safety," the statement added.