August 24, 2016 / 9:51 AM / 2 years ago

Syrian Kurdish YPG calls Turkish operation 'blatant aggression'

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey’s military intervention in Syria is a “blatant aggression in Syrian internal affairs”, and results from an agreement between it, Iran and Syria’s government, Redur Xelil, the spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday.

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) rides on a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon in the Ghwairan neighborhood of Hasaka, Syria, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Xelil added that Turkish demands for the YPG to pull back east of the Euphrates could only be answered by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed coalition against Islamic State of which the Kurdish group is a major part.

(This version of the story corrects Russia to Iran in lead)

Reporting By Tom Perry and Angus McDowall; Editing by Toby Chopra

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