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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 8:49
Syria war: Turkey denounces US 'terror army' plan for border
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Key powers involved in Syria's civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong "border security force".

Turkey's president vowed to "suffocate" efforts to begin training members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and create what he called a "terror army".

Ankara considers Kurds fighting for the SDF to be part of a terrorist group.

Syria's government decried the "blatant attack" on its sovereignty, and Russia warned it could lead to partition.

With the help of air strikes from a US-led coalition, the SDF has captured tens of thousands of square kilometres of territory from Islamic State militants.

File photo shows members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in vehicle north of Raqqa (8 February 2017)

File photo from 25 April 2017 showing US military officer speaking to Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter near Derik, Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters walk down a devastated street in Raqqa, Syria (20 October 2017)

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