USA troops risk getting caught in crossfire amid Turkish-Kurdish fighting


"We call on the Syrian state to carry out its sovereign obligations towards Afrin and protect its borders with Turkey from attacks of the Turkish occupier", it said in a statement on its website.

"They'll stay or they'll go".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to continue military action to rid Syria of US-allied Kurdish militias, despite a warning from Washington for Turkey not to risk a clash with its forces in the region.

President Donald Trump is expected to have urged Turkey to de-escalate operations in a phone call with Erdogan on Wednesday, according to Reuters. She said it will be key for the Trump administration to engage Turkish officials ahead of any potential follow-on operations in Manbij.

US support for the Kurdish militia has long angered authorities in Ankara, who have repeatedly called on Washington to sever ties with its crucial anti-ISIS partner.

The officials said Trump did not use the phrase "destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey" in reference to anti-U.S. statements by Turkish government officials.

McKenzie said the USA forces would protect themselves no matter what.

"The US president touched upon the necessity of limiting the duration of Operation Olive Branch and, keeping in mind the presence of a small number of US troops in Manbij, the need to prevent a hot conflict in the area", the Turkish official said.

"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.

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"The whole world knows Daesh (ISIS) is not present in Afrin", senior SDF official Redur Xelil said. Most significantly, Erdogan apparently asked Trump to remove US special forces from Manbij, a northern Syria town that it plans to attack.

"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.

Turkey's military intervention in the Syrian border town of Afrin against Kurdish militants is a grim reminder of the complexities of the seven-year-long Syrian civil war.

A monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that at least 32 civilians had been killed in the offensive - which Turkey has dubbed "Operation Olive Branch".

"Those tensions in some way are rooted in the nature of the regime that Erdogan is attempting to impose on Turkey, which to some degree is fueled by anti-Americanism".

"We have not seen any indication that Turkish forces, at this point, are moving toward Manbij", Pahon told CNN.

"We have to focus as allies on the mission at hand, and that's defeating ISIS", White said.

The White House readout of the phone call said that Trump "relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin risked undercutting their "shared goals in Syria".

He says: "We would need to restore trust before we can even discuss a serious issue such as forming a safe zone with the United States, let alone accept it".