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Syrian Kurdish YPG calls Turkish operation 'blatant aggression'

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

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.

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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