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Erdogan, Lavrov slam US, threaten Syrian Kurds

Turkey and Russia warned on Friday that they find operations of the People's Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Protection Units (YPJ) east of the Euphrates unacceptable. The revolutionary Kurdish-dominated militia makes up the core of the Syrian Democratic Forces, an ally of the United States–led coalition in the civil war, which has grown into a global geopolitical stage with the participation of numerous regional and world powers.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured right), president of Turkey, claimed the enemy units are still holding up in Manbij in the north of the conflict-ravaged country, meaning the arrangement with the government in Washington has failed. He said the 90-day deadline has expired and that the YPG and YPJ's trenches would be their graves. The president threatened to act as "necessary."

Separately, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov (left) called the militia's autonomous region, known as Rojava, a "quasi-state" east of the Euphrates, being created by US and its allies, "particularly the Kurds." He said the situation is "absolutely unacceptable."

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