Turkey denies use of chemical weapons in Syria

Feb 21, 2018, 03:25
Turkey denies use of chemical weapons in Syria

But tensions have only continued to get worse since Turkey's government suppressed a coup attempt and rounded up journalists, judges, and even Turkish citizens employed by the US embassy. During Tillerson's visit the two allies agreed to form a new "mechanism" to coordinate actions in Syria more closely going forward. "We're not trying to buy time", said Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, while announcing an agreement that delays further talks until next month.

According to him, the YPG alliance with the USA was brokered purely against Daesh, while the Kurdish forces fight "for the stability of Syria" and strive to bring about "an early resolution of the Syrian conflict within a united Syria".

The incursion has created an unprecedented military face-off between the two largest armies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, with US forces fighting alongside the YPG in northeastern Syria while Turkey attacks members of the group to the west.

Turkish forces immediately responded to the attack by targeting PYD/PKK positions in Afrin, Syria via air and land strikes.

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Tillerson's visit is part of a flurry of high-level meetings between top US and Turkish officials in recent days.

"We are not going to act alone any longer, the USA doing one thing and Turkey doing another".

The US also has soldiers in Manbij, which was taken from the Islamic State group (IS) by forces led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in 2016.

Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and the YPG have mostly avoided direct conflict, they have occasionally clashed and they espouse utterly different visions for Syria's future.

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Ankara has placed greater emphasis in recent months on the need to combat the Kurdish militia and has said the United States is merely using one terrorist group to combat another.

The Turkish military has once again denied allegations that civilians were being killed in the operation in a statement on Saturday.

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Northern Afrin countryside, Syria, February 16, 2018. A source familiar with the situation also told Sputnik that the deployment "of the Syrian Armed Forces at the Syrian-Turkish border in Afrin" is expected to occur in the next few days.

"I believe we are finding common ground and there are areas of uncommon ground, where sometimes war just gives you bad alternatives to choose from".

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