Published: Fri, January 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

'No ISIS fighters' in Turkish offensive area

'No ISIS fighters' in Turkish offensive area

Washington on Wednesday warned Turkey against risking a confrontation in northern Syria after Ankara said it would extend its military operations to areas held by us -backed forces, the Associated Press reported.

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 U.S. forces.

McKenzie said there was no evidence of US-backed Kurdish fighters in eastern Syria traveling to Afrin to fight the Turkish operation but acknowledged that there was a risk of such a scenario playing out.

Elizabeth Teoman, a research assistant on Turkey at the Institute for the Study of War, said an escalation in the Turkish-Kurdish conflict threatens US troops in both Syria and Turkey, where the Pentagon maintains two military bases.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in its latest death toll report that some 125 people were killed over the last five days in the Afrin region, among them Turkish-backed Syrian rebels.

The Damascus regime hates Turkish tanks on its soil, but it accepts Moscow's hands-off policy because it depends on Russian and Iranian military support for its comeback in the Syrian civil war.

Just last week, Erdogan promised to "drown" Kurdish forces that the United States is training near Syria's border with Turkey.

Shervan Derwish, a spokesman for the Manbij Military Council, said his forces are on "full alert" in case Turkey moves on the city, where US-led coalition forces are still present.

US President Donald Trump urged Turkey to curtail its military operation in northern Syria and warned it not to bring US and Turkish forces into conflict on Wednesday but analysts said he has little leverage to halt its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies' offensive there.

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Although the US does not have any forces in Afrin province, it deployed troops to Manbij March past year, following Kurdish forces taking control of the town in 2016.

The attack has displaced 5,000 people and killed scores of civilians as well as fighters among the Arab forces that Ankara is using as a proxy against the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin.

According to the military, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty. -Turkish goals in Syria and expressed concern about "destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey".

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Kurdish group it has designated as an extremist organization.

Tillerson told Cavusoglu that the proposed 30-km safe zone would address Turkey's security concerns, the source added.

U.S. -Turkey relations have been strained in recent months over several issues. "Starting in Manbij, we will continue to thwart their game", Erdogan said in a speech.

The offensive was "continuing successfully", said Erdogan, adding that Syrian opposition fighters and Turkish forces were "step by step taking control of Afrin".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that monitors the civil war, reported airstrikes in almost 20 villages.

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

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