Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Refugees who fled the Iraqi city of Mosul queue for heating fuel at the UN-run al Hol refugee camp in Syria's Hasakeh province

USA -led coalition forces are patrolling the Turkish-Syria border after Turkish military jets struck Kurdish fighters early last week.

The difference of opinion over the YPG has cast a shadow over US-Turkish relations for some time and Erdogan is hoping for a drastic change in US policy when he meets President Donald Trump next month.

Videos emerged on Friday showing armored vehicles flying United States flags in a convoy with vehicles flying People's Protection Units (YPG) banners, claiming to be near the town of Darbasiyah in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.

Turkey and the United States can join forces to turn the Islamic State jihadist group's de-facto capital of Raqa in Syria into a "graveyard" for the extremists, the Turkish president said on Saturday.

The YPG is a close U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State group but is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group because of its ties to Turkey's Kurdish rebels.

Turkey, however, has remained hostile to the Kurdish People's Protection Units, which form the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The US sent military vehicles with American flags to the Syrian side of the frontier accompanied by YPG fighters to carry out patrols, in an apparent bid to prevent further fighting. "But we will make those places their grave, there is no stopping", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

"I said yesterday: 'We can come unexpectedly in the night.' I really meant that".

"The YPG, and you know who's supporting them, is attacking us with mortars". "We're going to get the premiums down, we're going to get the deductibles down; we're going to take care of every single need that you're going to want to have taken care of", Mr. Trump said, as he labeled Obamacare a "catastrophe".




Forty terrorists were killed at Iraq's Mt. Sinjar, and another 49 at Syria's Mt. Karacok in April 25 airstrikes by Turkish forces against the PKK and its Syrian offshoots, PYD and YPG.

Ankara offered condolences to the Kurdish Regional Government President Masoud Barzani for the deaths of the Peshmerga forces, but there were no apologies for the deaths of the US -allied YPG.

"After this offensive, Turkey launched a series of attacks on our [YPG] positions along the border of Rojava". Kurdish officials describe USA troop movement as "buffer" between them and Turkey.

The patrols began on Friday and are being conducted mainly by special operations forces, a US official told CNN.

In other developments, more than a thousand residents of Damascus suburbs demonstrated against anti-government rebel infighting, activists said, only to be met at one demonstration by rebels who tried to disperse the protest with gunfire.

Seven protesters were wounded, according to the activist-run Ghouta Media Center, which posted the video.

Demonstrators blamed the powerful Army of Islam group for trying to suppress the march.

The infighting pits the Army of Islam against the al-Rahman Corps and the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee. The Turkish military said the United States, Russia and local governments were notified in advance. Eight civilians were also killed.

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