Led coalition and Syria militia building 30000-strong border force

The coalition had issued a written statement to some media outlets earlier on Sunday, wherein it said that the coalition was working with the SDF to set up and train a Syria Border Protection Force.

The military operation follows President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call on PKK/PYD terrorists in the Afrin district of Syria's Aleppo province to surrender.

Backed by the USA -led coalition's air strikes, advisers, and weapons, the SDF has ousted IS militants from swathes of northern and eastern Syria.

USA support for the SDF has put enormous strain on ties with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, which views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - a group that has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey.

Erdogan said the new operation would be an extension of Turkey's 2016 incursion into northern Syria, which was aimed at combating the Islamic State group and stemming the advance of US -backed Kurdish forces.

"This situation is totally unacceptable", he said, adding Turkey had the right to fight all terror groups in any manner, time and place it deemed fit, and would continue to take necessary measures to ensure its security in line with national interests. Turkish troops are stationed in rebel-held territory on both sides of Afrin.

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"We will continue our operations begun with Operation Euphrates Shield to clean our southern borders of terror in Afrin (northern Syria) in the days ahead god willing", Erdogan said in a televised speech.

The coalition said the Border Security Force would operate under SDF command and that around 230 individuals were now undergoing training in its inaugural class.

Stating that it was not an entirely new force with regard to recruitment and initial training, Dillon said half of the 30,000-strong force were SDF veterans. "More Arabs will serve in areas along the Euphrates River Valley and along the border with Iraq to the south", the coalition's Public Affairs Office said.

IED stands for improvised explosive device.

A senior Syrian Kurdish official said on Sunday that fighting between the YPG and Turkish forces was already under way.

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