Turkish military kills over 550 terrorists in Syria in 8 days
03:46, Jan 30, 2018
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Turkey launched operation "Olive Branch" on January 20 against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, supporting Syrian opposition fighters with ground troops and air strikes.
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Russia, Iran and Turkey hoped the talks in Sochi could compensate for lack of progress in UN-brokered talks to end Syria's seven-year war. McMaster confirmed in the phone conversation that the USA would not give weapons to the YPG militia, the statement said.
The numbers of victims is not verified yet, but Observatory said 111 Ankara-backed rebels and Kurdish fighters have been killed between both sides since last Saturday. The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Washington and Ankara.
The US sees the YPG as an effective group in the fight against ISIL in the region, and has supported the group with weapons and military advisors.
The Kurds in Afrin were not involved in fighting IS and have not received American help, United States officials say.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday warned the HDP not to take to the streets to protest the operation in Afrin: "You are being closely followed".
On Saturday he issued an ultimatum to United States troops to withdraw from Manbij, which has been controlled by the US-backed, Kurdish-led alliance since it was captured from IS in 2016. In 2016, Turkey launched a cross-border operation with Syrian opposition forces into Jarablus. U.S. troops have been patrolling the area for almost a year to keep their hostile allies apart.
"We are going to cleanse Manbij" after Afrin, government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said Sunday, according to Anadolu.
When push comes to shove, whether in Iraq, Syria, or Turkey, when it comes to the Kurds, the USA has bowed to the wishes of the governments where Kurdish territory is located.
Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained by Turkey's offensive and Washington's arms support to the YPG. As part of the development on Saturday, 28 January, the USA has agreed to stop supplying weapons to Kurdish fighters immediately - a welcoming step from Turkey's point of view and a diplomatic victory. This extensive training provided by the Turkish government garnered hope from some citizens that these actions may lead to a unification of the opposition forces, thereby increasing their chances.
The American officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. "There are people, US soldiers, who are interweaved with [People's Protection Units].in the field and they say something else". It disputed the claim that the Turkish troops and allied fighters were in full control of the hill, saying its forces had redeployed and will fight to reclaim the strategic area.
Abdurrahman said the airstrikes also targeted the area around Afrin's main dam for the second time since the offensive began. "This is real filth, this is the honorless stance that should be said "no" to", Erdogan said.
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