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00:25  17 october  2019
00:25  17 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria

  US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday that U.S. forces in northeast Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault, essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the yearslong battle to defeat Islamic State militants. WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday that U.S. forces in northeast Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault, essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the yearslong battle to defeat Islamic State militants.

DOHUK, Iraq — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey called on Wednesday for Kurdish fighters battling his troops in northeastern Syria to lay down their weapons and withdraw from the border area “this very night.”.

“Our proposal is for the terrorists to lay down their arms , leave their equipment, destroy the traps they have created and leave the safe zone we as designated, as Erdogan ruled out direct or indirect talks with the Kurdish fighters , saying Turkey will not negotiate with “terrorists.” “We are not looking for a

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday called for Kurdish fighters battling his troops in northeastern Syria to lay down their weapons and withdraw from the border area “this very night.”

Resisting Western pressure to halt the operation, Mr. Erdogan also requested international support for his country’s battle against Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers terrorists but who had been allied with the United States against the Islamic State.

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Meanwhile, Turkish troops and allied Syrian militias were gathering near the town as they continued their incursion. Turkey 's offensive aims to push Syrian state media said government forces had entered Manbij, in the area where Turkey wants to create a "safe zone" cleared of Kurdish fighters .

Turkey 's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Wednesday on Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive, defying pressure "Our proposal is for the terrorists to lay down their arms , leave their equipment, destroy

Speaking to the Turkish Parliament, Mr. Erdogan said Turkey would not stop fighting until it had established a planned “safe zone” in Syria roughly 20 miles deep, from the town of Manbij in the west to the Iraqi border in the east.

Even as he spoke, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were planning to travel to Turkey with plans to meet Turkish officials on Thursday and press for a cease-fire. There were conflicting reports from Turkey about whether Mr. Erdogan would even meet with them.

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Mr. Erdogan told a reporter from the British broadcaster Sky News: “I am standing tall. I will not meet with them. They will meet with their counterparts. I will speak when Trump comes.”

Turkey dismisses US threats, amasses troops on Syrian border

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"Our proposal is for the terrorists to lay down their arms , leave their equipment, destroy the traps they have created Erdogan ruled out direct or indirect talks with the Kurdish fighters , saying Turkey will not negotiate with "terrorists." "We are not looking for a peace mediator nor do we need one," he said.

He called for Kurdish fighters battling his troops in northeastern Syria to lay down their weapons and withdraw from the border area “this very night.” The European measures apply only to future sales, blunting their effect on the current operation. And though Germany supplies some of Turkey ’s tanks

It was unclear if he was referring to Mr. Pence and Mr. Pompeo, but later, his communications director, Fahrettin Altun, wrote on Twitter in English: “Earlier today, the President told @SkyNews that he won’t receive a U.S. delegation that is visiting Ankara today. He does plan to meet the U.S. delegation led by @VP tomorrow.”

Mr. Pompeo said in an interview on the Fox Business Network that the American delegation had “every expectation” that it would meet with Mr. Erdogan, and that the delegation’s goal was to find a solution to the crisis in Syria, not further damage the United States relationship with the Turks.

“We need them to stand down,” Mr. Pompeo said. “We need a cease-fire at which point we can begin to put this all back together again.”

But Mr. Erdogan said he had told President Trump that a truce was not possible because Turkey does not negotiate with “terrorists.”

Turkey has faced widespread Western criticism and threats of economic sanctions and arms embargoes because of the incursion, which aims to sweep Kurdish fighters away from the Turkish border.

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"Our proposal is for the terrorists to lay down their arms , leave their equipment, destroy the traps they have created Erdogan ruled out direct or indirect talks with the Kurdish fighters , saying Turkey will not negotiate with "terrorists." "We are not looking for a peace mediator nor do we need one," he said.

Turkey 's top military commander on Monday called on Kurdish rebels to lay down their arms in a speech in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast that coincides with government efforts to broaden rights of minority Kurds. In a step aimed at addressing grievances by Kurds who have long

But Mr. Erdogan has billed the incursion as necessary for his country’s security and as a way to get some of the millions of refugees to return to Syria.

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Smoke rising above the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after shelling from the Turkish Army on Wednesday.© Murad Sezer/Reuters Smoke rising above the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after shelling from the Turkish Army on Wednesday. On Wednesday, he said: “If, this very night, all terrorists leave their weapons, equipment, everything, destroy the traps they have set up and leave the safe zone we designated in the region from Manbij to the Iraqi border, then our Peace Spring operation, which only targets terrorists, will end by itself.”

The incursion began after Mr. Trump ordered United States forces to leave the region, paving the way for Mr. Erdogan to send in his troops and proxy militias.

The decision also shattered a partnership with a Kurdish-led militia in Syria that had been essential to the international fight against the Islamic State and gave Russia an opportunity to fill the security vacuum.

The United States is now moving ahead with withdrawing the rest of its roughly 1,000 troops from northeastern Syria, opening a void that other combatants in the country’s eight-year-old war have sought to fill.

Trump says US secured 'most dangerous' IS fighters in Syria

  Trump says US secured 'most dangerous' IS fighters in Syria US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that particularly dangerous Islamic State group fighters held by the Kurds in northeast Syria had been removed to US custody ahead of a Turkish attack Wednesday. "We are taking some of the most dangerous ISIS fighters out and we're putting them in different locations where it's secure," Trump said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group. "We have taken a certain number of ISIS fighters who are particularly bad and we've wanted to make sure nothing happened to them with respect to getting out," he said.

The Kurdish fighters who are battling the Islamic State jihadists in Syria are regarded by the United States Last weekend Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in The United States effectively gave a green light to the current Turkish offensive against Afrin, urging

The jailed leader of Turkey ’s Kurdish armed separatist group, the PKK, has told his fighters to lay down their weapons and continue their cause by democratic means. A statement from Abdullah Ocalan was read aloud by a Kurdish

Turkey and the Syrian fighters it supports are battling for control of two border towns, while Syrian government forces have pressed north, seizing territory that was until recently protected by the United States and its Kurdish partners.

Turkey considers Syria’s Kurdish-led militia a security threat because of its links to a guerrilla movement that has been fighting an insurgency against the Turkish state for decades.

United States officials privately acknowledge those links, but say that Syrian Kurds had not launched attacks on Turkey until the military incursion began last week.

Pictures: Turkey's Syria offensive starts after Trump pulls U.S. troops back

a truck driving down a dirt road: Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters fire a heavy machine-gun towards Kurdish fighters, in Syria's northern region of Manbij, Oct. 14, 2019.

Who Are the Kurds, and Why Is Turkey Attacking Them in Syria? .
The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria has complicated an already chaotic war. What began eight years ago as a series of nonviolent protests against the Syrian government morphed into an international conflict, between dozens of local factions, the Islamic State and several foreign countries.

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