German-Kurdish immigrants protest Turkish operation in Syria
Jan 27 2018 by Lorena Waters
"So we think the implication there is that the agreement that Russian Federation made with Turkey was to guarantee that the Syrian regime air defenses would not prevent Turkish aircraft from flying missions over Afrin".
Meanwhile, Ankara called on the U.S.to cease all support for the YPG militia in Syria or risk a confrontation between USA and Turkish forces in the country, according to Reuters.
"We certainly hope they [Turkish leaders] will listen", said Nauert, "that would be a good thing".
He said the USA and Turkey coordinate closely, including on the whereabouts of US forces in the region. It nearly disables USA leverage on Turkish actions in the field.
We, the Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists oppose the various military attacks on Afrin, Idlib and Eastern Ghouta and support all the innocent civilians in Syria. At this point, she said, she's not aware of any changes in the location of US troops there.
The Turkish government said the aim was to drive out members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, which it considers an extension of a Kurdish rebel group it has fought for decades.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said Turkey remained "determined" to continue its offensive in Afrin and would "take no step back". He said Turkey will never accept this.
Erdogan again slammed the United States, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, for backing the Kurdish group, saying: "how can a strategic partner do such a thing to its strategic partner?" "They are providing everything to us", Sayyidu added.
At least 394 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and ISIL terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, the Turkish military said Saturday.
Their teacher encouraged them to say "thank you, Turkey" for the cameras and visiting officials.
The American officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Many have strongly criticised Turkey's brutal crushing of the autonomous Kurdish rule in northern Syria, citing Erdogan's fears of the Kurdish separatist movement gaining momentum. We are prepared to discuss and we don't want to partition Syria.
"We monitor the weapons we have provided [YPG] carefully and ensure that weapons do not fall into the wrong hands", Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said in a statement.
In Davos, Tillerson was asked if he had proposed a safe zone to Cavusoglu.
But Ankararejected Thursday's suggestions of Washington, saying that "President Trump did not express concern about an escalation of violence" in Afrin, but alluded to "the need to limit the duration of the Turkish operation", according to official sources.
Following the Erdogan-Trump telephone talks, the United States envoy to the coalition against IS, Brett McGurk, said on Twitter the "prolonged operation risks giving life to ISIS (IS) as it's on verge of defeat".
Kurdish militias shelled the Turkish province of Kilis across the border in response to the Turkish attack.
" Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that if the United States wanted to "avoid a confrontation with Turkey - which neither they nor Turkey want - the way to this is clear: they must cut support given to terrorists".
Turkey's health minister on Friday said that 14 Turkish soldiers and Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels were killed and another 130 people were wounded following Turkey's incursion into Syria's Afrin region. For months, Ankara has tried to explain to its allies, namely the U.S., its security concerns and called on them to stop supporting the group. Turkey seems to be following the rational model of decision-making in the context of Afrin.