Iran has condemned the US plan to create a force of 30,000 troops inside Syria to protect the territory of the Kurdish Arab coalition that helped drive the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) out of most of northeast Syria.
The US-led coalition worked with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), composed of militias from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Arab militiamen, to defeat ISIS in Raqqa.
Now, Washington is working with the SDF to create the force that would secure the territory along the northern Syrian border in Turkey.
Each state actor involved in the Syrian conflict, the US. UU They have moved to denounce the plan.
"The US announcement of a new border force in Syria is an obvious interference in the internal affairs of this country," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. He said that all US forces should leave the country.
"It is a clear intervention of [the] United States in the internal affairs of other countries and makes [the] the Syrian crisis more complicated, creates more instability and fuels the flames in this" Russia also said that the move of the United States United was unilateral and risked a new conflict in the country devastated by the war between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the moderate rebels and the jihadist factions.
Iran and Russia, "added Qasemi.
both have a presence in Syria at the request of the Syrian government. Both Tehran and Moscow say that their boots on the ground are legitimate due to the request of a sovereign state actor, while The United States has not received permission from Damascus.
The United States has several thousand troops operating in Syria and with the loss of ISIS the majority of its territory in the country, Ankara had expected Washington to obtain its support for the Syrian Kurds, who had armed in the fight against ISIS.
Turkey has openly condemned the force, with the plan that blows relations between NATO allies. "A country we call an ally insists on forming a terrorist army on our borders," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara on Monday.
"What can that terrorist army do but Turkey? Our mission is to strangle it before it is born."
He told the US UU "Remove their badge from the terrorist uniforms so we do not have to bury them on the ground with the terrorists."
The Turkish government sees the Syrian Kurds and their militia, known as the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as an extremist organization. He alleges that the PYD has links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state. Turkey designates the group as an extremist Kurdish faction.
Turkey seeks to avoid an adjacent Kurdish state along its southern border for security reasons. So the news of a military border force of 30,000 people angered Erdogan and preparations for a military incursion into northern Syria are already "complete," he said.
The Syrian government said it "considers any Syrian to participate in these American-sponsored militias as a traitor to their people and nation, and will deal with them on this basis."