The Turkish government on Thursday warned the United States to end its support for the YPG unit as Turkish troops launched an attack on Kurdish forces in Syria.
The spokesperson for the Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan warned that continued support would lead to confrontation with Turkey, with anyone supporting the YPG becoming a potential target. Turkey condemned the YPG as a part of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which it deems a terrorist organisation.
"Those who support the terrorist organisation will become a target in this battle. The United States needs to review its soldiers and elements giving support to terrorists on the ground in such a way as to avoid a confrontation with Turkey," Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Turkey's comments come a day after the US president, Donald Trump warned his counterpart to end Turkish military activities in Syria, which includes working with the Islamic State.