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Turkish army clashes with Kurdish militia in Afrin

Turkish army clashes with Kurdish militia in Afrin

Mr. Erdogan launched the Afrin assault, or Operation Olive Branch, soon after reports released saying the United States was training YPG forces to form a "border security force".

He said Kurds are fighting alone without us help.

USA officials say they are telling their Turkish counterparts publicly and privately that they're aware of Ankara's security concerns about the Syrian Kurds, but they are strongly emphasizing that the battle against ISIS isn't finished and that they need the focus to remain on defeating the terrorist group.

"This is a tough circle to square".

"People are dying because of this and they're turning their backs on us", she said. They were deployed there last March to deter Turkish and USA -backed rebels from attacking each other and have also carried out training missions in Manbij. Doing so has raised delicate questions about whether Congress and the American people have truly signed off on a mandate for Syria that goes far beyond killing terrorists.

Turkey's attacks on Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria are stripping bare deep tensions with the United States and are sure to be a topic of discussion in a call between President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that's set for Wednesday.

A civilian holding a Turkish flag arrives to encourage the troops at a Turkish army area on the border with Syria.

The U.S. relies on Turkey in a number of areas. The U.S. cut ties with the special forces under a 1997 law that banned U.S. training for foreign military units accused of human rights violations.

On Tuesday, American airstrikes killed up to 150 IS fighters at a command center in the area known as the Middle Euphrates River Valley, the US -led coalition said.

U.S., British and German volunteers who fought against Islamic State alongside Kurdish-led forces in Syria are also now in the Afrin area to help confront Turkey, the SDF said.

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The U.S. sees another threat in al-Qaida's potential resurgence.

"Whoever conducted the attacks, Russian Federation ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in East Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons, since Russian Federation became involved in Syria".

Turkey's state-run agency says 11 people have been arrested over allegedly engaging in "terror propaganda" through social media postings about Turkey's military offensive into a Syrian Kurdish enclave.

The U.S. has had a long but sometimes complicated relationship with the Indonesian military.

"The future of our relations depends on the step the United States will take next", Cavusoglu said. He cited another objective, too: assisting with reconstruction projects to encourage Syrians to reject Assad.

Turkish artillery on Tuesday continued to pound targets controlled by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which the U.S. is backing in the fight against IS, but which Ankara accuses of links to a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey's southeast. The PKK (the Kurdish Workers' Party) has engaged in armed conflict with Turkey, seeking equality for the Kurdish people. The U.S. has urged Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, to exercise restraint.

The Kurdish-led administration of northeastern Syria appealed for a mass mobilisation in defence of Afrin.

He warned the offensive "disrupts what was a relatively stable area in Syria and distracts from the worldwide effort to defeat" IS, on a visit to Indonesia.

Despite working with Russia's "Astana process" to retain influence in Syria, Turkey has clashed with Russian Federation over the role of the Kurds - which Moscow hoped to win over to Assad's fold.

The United States has around 2,000 special forces troops in Syria, officially as part of an global US -led coalition, assisting the Kurds in battle against Islamic State.


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