NATO's Deputy Secretary General Gottemoeller to visit Turkey next week

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was in Iraq to warn Iraqi and Kurdish leaders against next month's independence referendum in the country's Kurdish region

This comes as a retaliation to the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) firing a large number of missiles targeting settlements in the Azaz region bordering Turkey and Syria, which is controlled by the Turkish-backed opposition Free Syrian Army, media reports said.

The U.S. -led coalition battling IS in Syria said on January 14 that the new border guards would be comprised of fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and would operate along the borders with Turkey and Iraq to keep IS militants who previous year were routed from most parts of Syria from returning to the country.

Only actions matter now.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled an ambitious U.S. strategy for ousting Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Wednesday that relies on an indefinite USA military presence in the country, an insurrection within the Assad regime and a groundswell of support from the beleaguered Syrian people.

It said all weapons given to the YPG by the United States should be gathered up "without delay". And while they no longer maintain a hold on urban centers, pockets of Islamic State fighters remain along the Euphrates River Valley, near the border of Iraq and Syria, as well as in desert stretches of both countries.

"US disengagement from Syria would provide Iran with the opportunity to further strengthen its own position in Syria".

Turkey and the United States, both allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, were on the same side for much of Syria's civil war, both supporting rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"Currently, there are approximately 230 individuals training in the BSF's inaugural class, with the goal of a final force size of approximately 30,000", said coalition spokesman Thomas Veale.

Additionally on Tuesday, Erdogan called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to take a stance against the USA over its Syria border force plan.

According to Anadolu, "Turkey's precautions against YPG/PKK can not be limited to only Afrin".

"The establishment of a terror corridor and the formation of a terrorist army across the border will not be allowed", the statement by the Council said, referring to the USA plan to establish a 30,000-strong SDF border security force.

"The coalition's mission has not changed: to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability", U.S. army Colonel Ryan Dillon was quoted as saying by the Turkish state news agency Anadolu. "The groups that we support are exclusively involved in operations countering Daesh", he added, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.

Moscow, another key player in the region and a vehement supporter of the brutal regime of the Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, considers the USA plans to be a "dangerous play" because they will lead to an even deeper split within Syrian civil society. "[But] we won't go looking for them", Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told BFMTV and RMC radio at that time.

"With every US statement about the need to confront Iran's influence, Iran has been expanding in Syria while moderate forces that are backed by Washington see aid being dried up and are weakened", Sejari said.

For instance, Tillerson says that "our expectation is that the desire for a return to normal life ... will help rally the Syrian people and individuals within the regime to compel Assad to step down".

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which has fought an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984.

Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union, the PKK has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years.

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