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Uneasy quest for Turkish-US compromise on Syrian Kurds

Patty Aguilar | 12 February, 2018, 02:28

Unconfirmed Turkish media reports had Turkey had halted flights after Russia, which effectively controls the skies over the region, had closed the airspace over Afrin, following the February 3 downing of a Russian jet in northern Idlib province.

The deadly day came as Turkish operations just across the Syrian border in Afrin are entering their fourth week, as Ankara battles the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), advancing on several different fronts into the territory.

Reportedly, the parties will discuss the Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin during the meeting.

Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said Sunday that at least 1266 terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch. Russian Federation wants "to minimize its costs and losses in Syria in order to avoid jeopardizing Putin's narrative of having ended the civil war, " according to Cafarella.

"We are yet again appalled by the recent reports of the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons and the escalation of bombings that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths in the last 48 hours", the statement said.

When asked about Turkey's objection to the U.S.'s partnership with the YPG, Lt. Gen Funk simply said: "Well, OK".

Erdogan has promised to sweep the militia from Turkey's southern border, a move that could put Turkish troops in confrontation with USA forces on the ground in Syria.

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Syria's foreign ministry wrote a letter to the Security Council Thursday calling for global condemnation. More than 1,100 YPG militants have been killed, according to Turkish military.

Russian Federation has always said it only targets terrorist in the region.

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have resumed airstrikes in the Syrian Kurdish-run enclave of Afrin after a brief lull.

"The Turkish state is the world's sponsor of terrorism", according to the statement which was later followed by a condemnation and call for an investigation of the war crime by the National Council of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, a pro-Erdogan organization.

A United Nations -mandated investigation team is probing reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine were used on two recent occasions in Syria.

The hot-headed Turkish dictator, however, shows no signs of backing off and this will probably set him on a crash course with the Trump Administration.

Syrian government forces also clashed with U.S. forces in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, the first time such a large-scale confrontation has occurred on Syrian land. It had been under the occupation of ISIL before being taken by US -backed YPG militia forces in 2017.

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