Turkish doctors held for criticising Syrian push

Marsha Scott
January 31, 2018

"We continue to talk and work with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, Turkey", Col. Rob Manning, Pentagon spokesperson, told reporters Monday.

Pulling U.S. forces from Manbij is "not something we are looking into", he said on Sunday during a trip to the Middle East.

"We go through great measures to deconflict", he said.

Turkish tanks and troops entered crossed the border on January 20th and are fighting alongside Free Syrian Army soldiers to oust Kurdish YPG fighters from the Afrin region. Turkey calls the groups terrorists. He also said that three archaeological reserves housed in the mountain of Samaan, in the vicinity of Afrin, are at risk of being damaged by the Turkish onslaught. This is an army that was made up in order to fight and keep their land.

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According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

Manning said he did not know if the US has agreed to stop arming and training its Syrian allies, another request by Turkey.

Newspapers in Greece, which has joined the United States in backing a Kurdish-led border force in Syria, criticised Bartholomew I's open letter, while the country's Orthodox church portal published a mock-up picture of the patriarch grinning next to a heavily armed Turkish soldier. Deputy Premier Bozdag has said U.S. troops may be targeted by Turkish forces for helping the Kurds. Syrian Kurdish officials have pledged to meet any wider Turkish assault with an "appropriate response".

The 28-year-old Kurdish-German midfielder is a prominent supporter of Turkey's Kurdish minority.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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