Turkey’s Erdogan warns US of ‘grave mistake’ in making conditions for Syria withdrawal

Turkey’s president has warned the US it has made a “grave mistake” asking for protection for Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Syria and threatened once again to launch an assault against them.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorists, said Turkey would “not make concessions” and said preparations for an offensive were nearly complete.

“John Bolton has made a grave mistake on this issue,” a furious Mr Erdogan told parliament as the US national security adviser arrived in Ankara for talks with Turkish officials. “The (YPG’s) fight with Islamic State in Syria is a huge lie.”

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