Ankara warns France over offer of support for Kurdish militia in Syria

The French government’s promise to back Syrian forces led by a Kurdish militia amounts to support for and legitimization of terrorist groups, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Friday. French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday assured the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), dominated by the Kurdish YPG, of his support to stabilize northeastern Syria against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), Reuters said. “Those who enter into cooperation and solidarity with terror groups against Turkey… will, like the terrorists, become a target of Turkey,” Bozdag wrote on Twitter. “We hope France does not take such an irrational step.”