Turkey Sees Signs of 'ethnic Cleansing' by Kurdish Fighters in Syria

Turkey accused Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Tuesday of driving out civilians in areas it occupies and said it saw signs of "a kind of ethnic cleansing". A Turkish official said Turkey had conveyed to Washington, which has led coalition air strikes to support Kurdish fighters, its concern at the displacement of Arabs and Turkmen from the area around the town of Tel Abyad. Syrian Kurdish forces along with other Arab opposition groups captured Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Monday from Islamic State. Ankara is uncomfortable with the gains by Kurdish militia, which now control almost half of the Syrian side of Turkey's 900-km border, fearing it could inflame separatist sentiment among its own Kurdish minority.