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Kurds decry US-Turkey plan for Syria 'safe zone'

The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, said that the "safe zone" Turkey and the US are creating in Syria is an attempt by Ankara to stop Kurds from forming their own territory, according to BBC.
 
More specifically, Demirtas said Turkey's operation against Islamic State militants across the border was a cover to target PKK Kurdish rebels.
 
He urged both Turkey and the PKK to return to the peace process, but Ankara earlier stated that PKK attacks on Turkey made peace attempts impossible.
 
It is worth noting that Turkey considers both the PKK and IS terrorist organisations.
 
Separately, the US earlier confirmed it was holding talks with Ankara about their joint military campaign against the IS in Syria.
 
Over the past week, analysts say, Turkey has turned its approach to the US-led coalition against IS on its head.
 
Source: BBC
 
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