Hundreds of USA troops risk being caught up in Turkey's military push into northern Syria as Turkish officials pledge to move into Manbij, Syria, an area where U.S. troops have worked with local anti-ISIS forces for almost a year.
NATO's chief is urging Turkey to limit its use of force in northern Syria where its troops are battling a Kurdish militia that has been a top USA ally in the fight against the Islamic State group.
Turkey's foreign minister told reporters Thursday that Erdogan had asked Trump to withdraw United States troops from Manbij.
"Concerning the current discussions about defence exports, the government is clear about the fact that we must not and will not export into conflict zones", he said in a statement. He said Turkey should "limit its military actions" and "exercise caution", according to his administration.
McKenzie said the United States forces would protect themselves no matter what.
"They know where our forces are, there's no mystery about where they're going to be", he added.
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"I have never left Kilis since we came from Syria, and I will never leave it; Kilis is my homeland", the Syrian mother told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.
Speaking at a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl, Cavusoglu said: "We've agreed to normalize our relations". They were deployed there last March to deter Turkish and US -backed rebels from attacking each other and have also carried out training missions in Manbij.
The attack has displaced 5,000 people and killed scores of civilians as well as fighters among the Arab forces that Ankara is using as a proxy against the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin.
"Washington has been making open as well as behind-the-scenes deliveries of modern weapons into Syria, in order to transfer them to the detachments that are cooperating with it, first of all, the Syrian Democratic Forces that rely on Kurdish militias", Lavrov said. He also told Trump that Turkey's offensive seeks to rid Afrin of "terrorist elements" and protect Turkey's national security.
On the same day, President Vladimir Putin's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow is closely monitoring Turkey's military operation in Afrin.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says his government won't allow the creation of a "terrorist" entity along Turkey's borders, in further comments suggesting that Turkey could expand an offensive in the Syrian enclave of Afrin to other areas.
The offensive underscores America's limited leverage in Syria given its engagement has been largely focused on the defeat of ISIS, according to Heras of the Center for a New American Security.
"President Trump relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin, Syria, risks undercutting our shared goals in Syria", the readout said. While they do not attack us, we do not need to consider them as our target.