Turkey claims killing of hundreds of Kurdish and IS fighters in Syria

Lucy Bush
January 25, 2018

Ankara has said the operation would be swift, but a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signalled an open-ended cross-border campaign, saying it would end only when some 3.5 million Syrian refugees now living in Turkey could safely return home "and the separatist terror organisation has been cleansed from the region".

United States officials are telling the Turks they will help them figure out a negotiated solution that will address their concerns about the Kurds.

"This is a tough circle to square". "We need to make sure that humanitarian access is guaranteed and that civilian population and people are not suffering from military activities on the ground", she said. It would also meet USA objectives, since Washington has labeled the PKK a terrorist organization. Doing so has raised delicate questions about whether Congress and the American people have truly signed off on a mandate for Syria that goes far beyond killing terrorists.

"They are likely to talk soon", said a senior U.S. administration official, confirming reports of a Trump-Erdogan call set for Wednesday. To keep IS on its heels, America's military, diplomats and aid workers will work to stabilize the country and restore basic services in areas freed from IS control, while trying anew to engineer a political solution to the intractable civil war whose chaos IS so effectively exploited. That's where the US and 23 other countries launched a new organization aimed at identifying and punishing anyone who uses chemical weapons.

Preventing Turkey from driving Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed umbrella group dominated by the YPG, out of Manbij is a central goal for Washington, US officials say. They lie outside the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. With Moscow's help, Assad's forces have moved into territory once held by Washington-backed rebels.

Russia's United Nations ambassador says U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hastily accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons this week without any investigation and is "attempting to drag Russian Federation into this as well".

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Haley told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that if Russian Federation wants an independent and impartial investigation, the United States is ready to re-establish the expert body known as the Joint Implementation Mechanism, or JIM, that Moscow refused to renew in November.

"The future of our relations depends on the step the United States will take next", Çavuolu said. He cited another objective, too: assisting with reconstruction projects to encourage Syrians to reject Assad.

Intense battles continued Tuesday between the Turkish forces and the Kurdish-led troops on the outskirts of the Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave in northern Syria, a monitor group reported.

Waving Kurdish flags and those of the Syrian Kurdish militant group YPG, protesters chanted slogans calling Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "fascist" and "terrorist", and called on Turkey to "get out of Kurdistan".

Only recently, Gabriel had publicly come out in favor of approving the modernization of German "Leopard" tanks used by the Turkish army in spite of a significant cooling in bilateral relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

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"There are lots of uncertainties", said Marc Pierini, a former European Union ambassador to Turkey. So the Trump administration has tried to split the difference, acknowledging Turkey's security concerns while urging "restraint".

"The violence in Afrin disrupts what was a relatively stable area of Syria", Mattis lamented in Indonesia. "It distracts from worldwide efforts to ensure the defeat of ISIS, and this could be exploited by ISIS and al-Qaida", Mattis told reporters in Indonesia.

The core dilemma for the USA appears to be whether it abandons its support for Syria's Kurds as the war against ISIS winds down, or risks a deterioration in relations with Turkey.

The United States has around 2,000 special forces troops in Syria, officially as part of an worldwide USA -led coalition, assisting the Kurds in battle against Islamic State.

Ankara argues the USA has no business arming and training a group that its ally Turkey considers a terror organization and an enemy.

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