Turkey arrests scores for 'terror propaganda' as it presses Afrin assault


She stressed that "anything less is unacceptable".

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has called the Joint Implementation Mechanism, or JIM, "a complete failure" and "a mechanism for political manipulation".

Syria has dismissed recent reports of chemical attacks in the war-torn country as "lies".

The Kremlin on Wednesday accused Washington of trying to complicate worldwide efforts to probe the use of chemical weapons in Syria and rejected accusations it was responsible for recent attacks.

It has also said 28 civilians have been killed on the Syrian side but this is vehemently rejected by Turkey which says it is only targeting militants.

Who are the Syrian Kurdish forces, and why is Turkey trying to kill them?

"The two presidents discussed final preparations for the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi".

He said Tuesday that Russian Federation is in violation of a 2013 agreement it made with the US on the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and is helping the Syrian government to breach the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans their use.

At the United Nations, Moscow is circulating a draft resolution that would establish a new investigative body to probe chemical attacks in Syria.

Russia's official statement on the offensive said it was concerned by the news. Adrian Rankine-Galloway confirmed that senior defense officials are in Ankara as part of a United States government delegation to discuss security concerns, including the situation in Afrin.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan attends the funeral ceremony, in Ankara, of Musa Ozalkan, a Turkish soldier who was killed during the operation against Syrian Kurds in Afrin region.

A senior US official said that as of Tuesday the Turks had not been ready to engage in detail on such a proposal.

"The violence in Afrin disrupts what was a relatively stable area of Syria". Local estimates say there are 800,000 people living in Afrin.

"They are likely to talk soon", said a senior USA administration official, confirming reports of a Trump-Erdogan call set for Wednesday. Another official - as well as Turkey's foreign minister - said Erdogan and Trump planned to speak on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear which issues would be addressed but Turkish-American relations have been strained.

Turkey's air and ground offensive, now into its fourth day, is targeting US -backed Kurdish YPG fighters in Afrin, near the Turkish border.

More than 2,000 U.S. special forces backed by air power work with the Kurdish YPG, under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) east of the Euphrates to fight the Islamic State jihadist group.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday renewed a threat to extend the offensive east to the city of Manbij, which is under the control of USA -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters.

World powers involved in the Syrian conflict meanwhile called on the Turkish military to exercise restraint because it risked exacerbating the country's humanitarian crisis. "We will not live with fear and threats", Cavusoglu said.

A crisis between the US and Turkey, triggered by the latter's new military offensive in Syria, has laid bare how a dizzying array of alliances in Syria is growing even more convoluted in the absence of IS as a major force.

"The federal government can not duck this issue again and must find clear words against President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan", Green party (Gruene) defense spokesperson Agnieszka Brugger told the newspaper Heilbronner Stimme.

Turkey essentially had to ask Russian Federation for permission for the operation, since Moscow controls the airspace over Afrin.