US Steps Up Efforts to End Turkey's Kurdish Offensive

Caspian Region Backs Turkey's Afrin Operation In Syria

The U.N. envoy for Syria said on Wednesday that he was "optimistic" about this round of talks.

Those tensions boiled over after the U.S. announced earlier this month that it would build a 30,000-strong border force, including the YPG, that would patrol Syria's frontiers - a situation Turkey said constituted an intolerable national security threat. They also denied the Turkish government's claims that the USA had delivered thousands of trucks of weapons to Syrian Kurdish forces, saying most of the supplies instead went to US forces, and that the resources also included ammunition, food and humanitarian supplies.

The U.S. had been supplying and arming the YPG as it was the most effective ground partner against ISIS, helping to free the eastern city of Raqqa in October. "The coalition forces that are in that area have an inherent right to defend themselves and will do so if necessary". Because the SDF are backed by U.S. Special Forces, the risk of a U.S.

Erdogan has called on Trump to stop support of Kurdish armed groups in Syria, said the Turkish administration.

During the phone conversation, Erdogan underlined that the military operation was in line with global law, and based on Turkey's legitimate right to defend itself under Article 51 of the UN Charter, as well as the UN Security Council resolutions regarding fight against terrorism.

Turkish officials said Trump also requested the release of United States citizens detained in their country following the failed coup.

Tensions between them are an embarrassment for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but Mr Stoltenberg has refrained from criticising either country and suggests it is a bilateral issue because the alliance has no troops on the ground in Syria.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights within global law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, its right to self-defense under the U.N. charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

Later, he said Trump should have called him before announcing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, claiming, "I believe this mistake would not have been made if Mr. Trump had made his consultation with us".

Turkey has called the campaign Operation Olive Branch.

Operation Olive Branch was launched on January 20. "We would appreciate it and we would urge them to limit the incursion as much as possible".

In Davos, Tillerson was asked if he had proposed a safe zone to Cavusoglu. They also "discussed the need to stabilize a unified Syria that poses no threats to its neighbours, including Turkey", the White House said.

The foreign minister said the readout may have been drafted before the conversation took place.

THE FACTS: While the USA has provided training, weapons and logistical support for the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces it dominates, that aid is not known to have extended west of the Euphrates to Afrin.

State media reported the attack, saying it has repelled the advancing militants. Besides, the YGP has enormous local support in Kurdish towns along the border.

Ankara views the YPG as a terror group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) inside Turkey.

In a speech in Ankara on Thursday Yildirim again slammed the United States for backing the Syrian Kurdish militia force instead of standing by a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Bad weather, including heavy rain, has hampered Turkey's offensive.

According to the White House, Donald Trump called Mr Erdogan on Wednesday, urging him to curtail the operation and warning Turkey not to risk coming into conflict with United States forces.

President Donald Trump plans to raise the USA concerns over the Turkish offensive in a telephone call with Erdogan expected on Wednesday, a senior US official said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to continue military action to rid Syria of US-allied Kurdish militias, despite a warning from Washington for Turkey not to risk a clash with its forces in the region. Turkey considers the group as "terrorists".

"That is why we, as the caretaker government, agree that we will. postpone any consultations on critical projects until the formation of a new government".

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