Kurdish YPG militia says Turkey "declaring war" in northwest Syria

QAMISHLI -- The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia told Reuters on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a "a declaration of war", signalling the risk of a major confrontation.


Asked whether he expected a conflict with Turkey in northern Syria, where the two sides have exchanged artillery fire in recent days, Sipan Hemo accused Turkey of preparing for a military campaign.


"These (Turkish) preparations have reached level of a declaration of war and could lead to the outbreak of actual clashes in the coming days." he said. "We will not stand idly by against this potential aggression."