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Erdogan warns offensive in Syria could affect US troops

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Turkish on Tuesday warned that his country's offensive into against Kurdish militias could affect the US troops deployed in the area to support the against the

Erdogan was referring to the possible expansion of fighting against Kurdish YPG militias, which have been armed and trained by the US, but are considered terrorists by Turkey, Efe news reported.

"Obviously we will not attack them (US troops) intentionally, but we will eliminate all the terrorists we see, then they will realize that it would be good for them not to stand by the terrorists," Erdogan said during a speech in

On January 20, the launched a cross-border invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, with the threatening to extend the operation to Manbij, a Syrian region in the hands of the YPG militias since 2016.

Unlike Afrin, Manbij contains troops on the ground from the US-led international coalition in support of the Kurdish militias against IS fighters.

"If a terrorist organization attacks an allied country, as a member of NATO (the US) must oppose," said the Turkish

US is set to visit on Thursday to discuss with Turkish authorities the different points of tension between the two countries, both of whom are allies in NATO.

Tillerson is scheduled to meet Erdogan and Turkish



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:58 IST