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Report: Turkish military convoy moves closer to Syrian Kurds

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech at a conference in Istanbul, Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call to the U.S. to cease its support of Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey views as a prescribed terror organisation. (Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech at a conference in Istanbul, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call to the U.S. to cease its support of Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey views as a prescribed terror organisation. (Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech at a conference in Istanbul, Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call to the U.S. to cease its support of Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey views as a prescribed terror organisation. (Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gestures as he delivers a speech at a conference in Istanbul, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call to the U.S. to cease its support of Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey views as a prescribed terror organisation. (Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, centre, stands as he listens to the national anthem, prior of delivering a speech at a conference in Istanbul, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call to the U.S. to cease its support of Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), an ally in combatting IS. Ankara views Washington's ally Syrian Kurds as a terror organisation and an extension of Kurdish militants waging a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state. (Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, centre, stands as he listens to the national anthem, prior of delivering a speech at a conference in Istanbul, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call to the U.S. to cease its support of Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), an ally in combatting IS. Ankara views Washington's ally Syrian Kurds as a terror organisation and an extension of Kurdish militants waging a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state. (Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A convoy of Turkish military vehicles has relocated to a base near the Syrian border as tensions with U.S.-backed Kurdish militants escalate.

Footage shot Friday night shows armored vehicles and personnel carriers on the road. Private Ihlas news agency reports they were moved to Sanliurfa province from Kilis in the west with the completion of Turkey's cross-border operation in Syria and may be used against Syrian Kurdish militants or YPG "if needed."

Tension between Turkey and the YPG has been rising. Turkey conducted airstrikes against the group in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday, prompting clashes. Ankara sees the group as a terror organization.

The escalation led to U.S. patrols along the border in Syria.