Donald Trump warns Turkey over Syria incursion: White House

Donald Trump warns Turkey over Syria incursion: White House

-Turkish goals in Syria and expressed concern about "destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey".

A group of foreign fighters, including three Britons, is heading to the Syrian city of Afrin to join the Kurdish YPG militia in their fight against Turkey. "Therefore, we hold Russian Federation as responsible as Turkey and stress that Russian Federation is the crime partner of Turkey in massacring the civilians in the region", the Kurdish PYD said recently.

Erdogan's office said the Turkish leader urged Trump in the phone call to halt the USA supply of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish militia. Throughout its military campaign in the neighboring country, Turkey lost a number of 60-ton Leopard 2 tanks, built by Bavaria's Krauss-Maffei, due to mine explosions.

"For now, Afrin is the target".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered Turkey to create a security zone on the border with Syria, the Turkish media cited the country's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying January 24. The YPG said it infiltrated behind Turkish lines east of Afrin and targeted their bases.

"I can not answer how the future of Manbij is gonna unfold but ultimately the people of Manbij should be the ones who control Manbij", he said.

In an interview with Reuters, Turkey's government spokesman said he saw a small possibility that Turkish forces could come face-to-face with the United States troops in Manbij.

United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that peace talks due to resume in Vienna Thursday were coming "at a very, very critical moment".

However, he did not give a specific timeframe for that.

"We have a group of worldwide fighters that joined the YPG in its fight against ISIS in Kobane and these fighters are present with us in all of our revolutionary campaigns against ISIS, in every place", he said.

Despite all the best diplomatic efforts, relations between the U.S. and Turkey are visibly deteriorating. "Turks have the inventory of those", Pahon said.

Speaking with Erdogan by telephone, Trump became the latest US official to try to rein in the offensive and to pointedly flag the risk of the two allies' forces coming into conflict.

Last week, Tillerman confirmed a US military presence in Syria, despite having largely already defeated ISIS there. The space separating these forces has collapsed - putting USA troops perilously close to collision with Russia, Turkey and Iran.

Sahin, who was to meet top European Union migration and humanitarian officials in Brussels, wants the bloc to pitch in more as Gaziantep has been shifting from giving refugees basic food and shelter to offering them schooling, health services and jobs.

The official claimed there was no plan to create a "Syrian border force" and said public statements about it were "mischaracterizations". Up to this day, we have not taken such actions, Cavusoglu told reporters.

On January 14, the United States announced its plans to train a 30,000-strong border force in northern Syria mostly from YPG fighters, which are considered as terrorists by Ankara. Erdogan said the operation would allow Syrian refugees to return home.

"We believe that the local population should be able to run the local affairs. Turkey is fulfilling its conditions entirely", she said, adding that the first, 3-billion-euro tranche of aid should come through swiftly.

Before launching the operation, Turkey's foreign minister said Ankara had discussions with Russian Federation and Iran, highlighting the extent of Moscow and Tehran's influence in a conflict which started with local protests against Assad and grew into a proxy war for foreign powers.

Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011 when the al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, has put the civilian death toll at 30 or more.

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