Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkish Army has striked on positions of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) militia twice before as the group violated Turkey’s red lines in Syria, going against Turkey’s warnings.
Some media reports said that PYD had accused Turkey of attacking them near the border on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 near Tel Abyad.
Davutoglu appeared at a joint programme hosted by A Haber and ATV channels late on Monday where he responded to anticipated questions regarding developments in Syria ahead of Turkey Nov. 1 snap election.
Turkish PM underlined Turkey’s red lines in Syria and warned that Turkey would hit PYD’s Kurdish militia in the minute it attempts to cross into west of Euphrates.
“Turkey will not let any other country decide the fate of its 911 kilometers long border -with Syria. Russia and the US are already aware. PYD will not pass into west of Euphrates. We told them they would be hit the second they pass and we hit them twice already,” he informed.
Turkey considers PYD to be the Syrian extension of the terrorist PKK and sees any PYD-controlled region by its border as a national threat, thinking that PYD is trying to create a “de facto state” in north of Syria on the pretext of fighting ISIS.
Responding to claims that “Turkey is not included” in resolution talks for Syria, Davutoglu said Turkish foreign minister held meeting with Russia, US and Saudi Arabia in Vienna last week and will also meet with foreign ministers of nine countries in Paris this week.
“How could a formula that excludes Turkey be effective in Syria? If it did, Assad would have been in total control,” he added.
Prime minister expressed Turkey is “very well aware” of those that backed terrorist PKK to renew armed attacks and “they must know the side going against Turkey in the region will lose. Turkey did not lay its cards yet and when it does, the picture will surely be different.”
Renewed terror attacks by PKK have killed 148 security officers and over 30 civilians since its umbrella organization, KCK, unilaterally ended an over two year long cease fire with the government on July 11 and threatened the country with terror attacks.
“The reason I revealed the meeting of PYD and Syrian regime in Hassakah on May 28 is to show who wants to use PKK as trouble maker. PKK had a choice to either side with Turkey and move on with the peace process, or to revolt to harm Turkey. They chose the second option,” he explained.
However, prime minister emphasized Turkey’s stance against the enemies are indifferent and “all of them should watch their step since those that launched such fight against Turkey will face consequences.”
“No one should make calculations on their own to make gains by going against Turkey,” Davutoglu said, adding that recent operations of Turkish Army against PKK and ISIS have caused major damage to both.
Emphasizing on the fact that Turkey will not allow any border violation, Davutoglu provided examples of downing of Syrian helicopter and a drone by Turkish forces.
Turkey’s Red Lines Recap
PYD proclaimed Afrin, Jazira and Kobane from the west to the east in northern Syria as “cantons” in 2013 following withdrawal of Syrian regime forces, where PYD’s armed militia Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) had taken control in 2012 in the course of the Syrian Civil War.
Turkey aims to keep the expansion of PYD in check and has previously declared that Turkey will consider any incursion to the west of the Euphrates river in northern Syria along the Turkish border by the PYD as a “violation of the red lines.”
New displacement fears have also spread throughout northern Syrian districts, following the latest declaration of the PYD that it has incorporated Tel Abyad into its pre-existing Kobane “canton.”
UN and Amnesty International also had accused YPG of human rights violations.