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Turkey vows to continue fight against Kurdish militia after Trump threat

AFP  |  Ankara 

on Monday vowed to continue fighting a US-backed which it views as a terrorist group after warned of economic devastation if attacks Kurdish forces as American troops withdraw.

Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan's said on that there was "no difference" between the Islamic State group and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia.

"We will continue to fight against them all." Turkey's response came after Trump on Sunday warned on Twitter: "Will devastate economically if they hit " "Mr @realDonaldTrump Terrorists can't be your partners & allies. expects the US to honor our strategic partnership and doesn't want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda," Kalin said in a tweet to the US

Turkey views the YPG as a "terrorist offshoot" of the outlawed (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the and the

But has been working closely in recent years with the YPG, providing military support and training, in the fight against IS in

Kalin said that it was "a fatal mistake to equate Syrian with the PKK", saying that Turkey fought against terrorists not Syrian

American support to the YPG has been one of the main sources of tension between Turkey and the US, but there appeared to be some improvement on the issue after Trump said last month 2,000 American troops would withdraw from

welcomed the pullout decision after Erdogan told Trump in a phone call last month that Turkey could finish off the last remnants of IS.

However, there has been growing friction between Turkey and the US over the fate of the YPG, especially after US previously said would ensure Turkey would not "slaughter" Kurds.

And before a visit to last week, said the US retreat was conditional on the safety of the Kurdish fighters, provoking angry retorts from Turkish officials.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 12:30 IST
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