Tin-pot Turkish dictator humiliates United States

The Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq were allies of the US-led coalition formed to fight Islamic State.

Any drive by Turkish forces toward Manbij, part of Kurdish-held territory some 100 km (60 miles) east of Afrin, could threaten US efforts to stabilize northern Syria.

Earlier, he pledged to continue Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin region until all members of Kurdish militia PYD-YPG leave areas near Turkey's southern borders. The Turkish government has denied that Trump said this.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to sweep militants from the length of Turkey's border with Syria. "We suggested then that we should do this operation together, but they did not do so".

On Saturday Turkey launches operation "Olive Branch" into Syria intending to oust the YPG militia from its enclave of Afrin. The two sides disagreed about the content of telephone talks between Erdogan and US President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

The United States has supported the YPG militia in the war against Islamic State.

" Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that if the USA wanted to "avoid a confrontation with Turkey - which neither they nor Turkey want - the way to this is clear: they must cut support given to terrorists".

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The region has had days of rain, cloud and chilly weather but a high-ranking official from the Turkish Prime Minister's office told Sky News that this was due instead to their desire to safeguard civilians. When we call on a country, especially a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, to escalate the situation, we hope that our concerns will be taken very seriously.

The United States has about 2,000 troops in Syria, officially as part of the global coalition against Islamic State. Other officials have said the aim is to secure Turkey's border and guard against "terror" attacks.

Speaking to reporters on his way back from France, where he met US Counterpart Rex Tillerson, Çavuşoğlu said that the US needs to start taking concrete actions to win Turkey's trust again.

Aybet said Turkey was aware that a confrontation on the ground in Manbij risked pushing ties to breaking point: "Everyone is aware of that risk".

Ankara's lack of trust in Washington is now becoming a major obstacle to resolving the Syria crisis. Turkey has said the United States has proposed a 30 khm "safe zone" along its border with Syria. But he said that, before debating, it was necessary to restore confidence "between Ankara and Washington". As Bright Armenia Party press service reported, Marukyan's statement came at a discussion on "The Turkish military intervention in Syria" held today at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg.

Ankara is at odds with Washington on issues besides Syria.

According to Anadolu Agency, addressing the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's provincial heads meeting in capital Ankara, Erdogan said: "We are not occupying Afrin".

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