Erdogan and Putin to meet over USA pullout from Syria
00:27, Dec 28, 2018
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For weeks, Turkey has been threatening to launch a new offensive against the Kurdish fighters, who partnered with the USA to drive the Islamic State group out of much of northern and eastern Syria.
"If Turkey says that it will enter Syria, it will be so", Cavusoglu told reporters.
Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops towards the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it, a militia spokesman said, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it. Their worst fear is a repeat of a Turkish attack that drove Kurdish residents and the YPG militia out of Afrin city in the northwest earlier this year. Turkey views the YPG militia as a sister "terrorist" organisation of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.
Last week, US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 US ground forces that had been in Syria to provide training to the YPG under the SDF. It remains unclear how long the exit will take but officials estimate that United States forces may begin withdrawing in 60 to 100 days.
"ISIS is close to Boukamal, more than 400km (250 miles) from Turkey, impossible for Turkey to go so far".
But he reiterated Israel's intention to prevent "Iranian military entrenchment, which is directed against us" in Syria.
Cavusoglu will travel to Russian Federation to discuss the process of the US withdrawal in the coming days, CNN Turk said.
Mr Hammoud said one main aim of the Turkey-led operation to reclaim eastern Syria was to create the conditions and space for the return of refugees and displaced persons, who fled the Syrian government. The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces are dominated by the PYD/YPG, which is nothing but an extension of the terrorist PKK.
This is huge given that the complete US reversal in policy comes following a phone call last week between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wherein Erdogan is reported to have pressed the Kurdish problem and presence of USA troops.
Turkey has said it is working with Washington to coordinate the withdrawal of U.S. forces but remains "determined" to clear US-allied Kurdish fighters from Manbij in northern Syria. This operation may lead to real Turkish control over a significant part of northern Syria.
However, regime and Russian troops also started...
Mr Abu Adel, on Tuesday said there is no sign of an imminent Turkish attack on Manbij, despite claims by Turkish-backed rebels that they are pressing ahead with an assault.
Referring to the significance of more cooperation among Iran, Russia and Turkey after Trump's game changing act, Logoglu said, "Nuances among Turkey, Russia, and Iran will henceforth be more pronounced as their interests and priorities differ in Syria, especially now that the USA has changed the rules of the game".
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