Top Stories
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
  Mideast Crisis
 Personal Finance
  Sports Columns
  College Hoops
 Raw News
 Archive Search
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 in History
Jan 15, 6:48 AM EST

The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan to 'drown' Syrian Kurdish force

Indictment of Monzer al-Kassar
Latest Syria News
Iran adds to criticism of US-trained Kurdish force in Syria

The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan to 'drown' Syrian Kurdish force

Turkey vows imminent assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria

UN aid reaches displaced Syrians via cross-border crane drop

Russia hopes for Geneva talks on Syria ahead of Sochi talks

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

1: 50 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to "drown" a 30,000-strong border Syrian Kurdish border security force that the United States is setting up.

Erdogan accused its NATO ally U.S. of forming a "terrorist force" at Turkey's border. Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish militia as a terror group, claiming it is affiliated with Turkey's own outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting against the government.

The Turkish president spoke at an opening in Ankara on Monday.

He says it's his government's "duty is to drown this terrorist force before it is born."

Erdogan also says Turkey's military deployed at the border with Syria is now striking Syrian Kurdish fighters heavy artillery, "at the moment hitting them with howitzers and we will continue to strike them."


11:10 a.m.

The U.S-led coalition in Syria says it has recruited 230 new cadets for a border security force it's establishing together with the Syrian Kurdish-led opposition fighters to secure areas recently liberated from Islamic State militants.

The force will be tasked with securing Syria's northern border with Turkey and the eastern border with Iraq.

The coalition told The Associated Press on Monday that the goal is to have a 30,000-strong force over the next several years. Half of the force will be made up of fighters from the existing Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The SDF currently controls nearly 25 percent of Syria's territory along the borders with Turkey and Iraq.

Turkey, which considers the main Kurdish militia in Syria an extension of its own insurgent group, has protested the new force.

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.