France's Macron Presses Putin To Push For End To Syria Crisis

House used by PKK  PYD terrorists as munitions depot discovered in Afrin

House used by PKK PYD terrorists as munitions depot discovered in Afrin

On the Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin, he said it was temporary and only against terrorists in that region.

More worrisome for the US, Erdogan launched "Operation Olive Branch" in late January, sending his forces into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin in order to prevent YPG rebels from taking control.

Relations between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies the United States and Turkey are descending into a schizophrenic and risky spiral, with the potential to trigger a domino effect in the Middle East and beyond.

Turkish premier says two soldiers died after their helicopter was shot down during Ankara's offensive in northern Syria.

Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the United States for its backing of the Kurdish People's Protection Forces (YPG) militia, which has connections with the rebel PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) movement in Turkey.

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani later confirmed Iran's stance on Turkey's invasion and said Turkey's new intervention in Syria must stop because the operation "would bear no fruit".

Ahmet Berat Conkar, a member of the Turkish parliament for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and head of Turkey's delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, told Asia Times that his government was "very determined to clean all of our southern border from terrorist enclaves, including Manbij".

"Schools are supposed to be safe places for children, protected under worldwide law, yet they are being attacked every single day", said Sonia Khush, Save the Children'€™s Syria Response Director in a statement.

More than 20 Turkish soldiers and 150 YPG fighters have been killed since the military offensive began, he said.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, called it "another violation of Syria's sovereignty by the United States".

"The Turkish state is the world's sponsor of terrorism", according to the statement which was later followed by a condemnation and call for an investigation of the war crime by the National Council of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, a pro-Erdogan organization.

With the backing of Iran and Russian Federation, the Syrian regime has been able to regain control across the majority of Syria. It had been under the occupation of ISIL before being taken by US -backed YPG militia forces in 2017.

The French President reportedly urged his Russian counterpart to stop "intolerable degradation of the humanitarian situation" in regions of Syria that have been devastated by Russian airstrikes, according to a statement from his office. But Trump administration critics disagreed.

A punishing campaign by the Syrian government and Russian Federation has battered the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus and the northwestern province of Idlib as President Bashar Assad's government tries to bring them under control.

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