Turkey, US discuss situation in region

Turkey, US discuss situation in region

"The Coalition recognizes the threat the PKK poses to Turkey, but Turkey can not pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against terrorists that threaten us all", he said, in reference to the war on ISIS jihadists.

There are no verified reports of casualties suffered by either side during these past three days of cross-border exchanges.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, are a key part of the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The Turkish government considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdish PKK, an organization designated a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union, and Ankara.

The fighting has been heaviest near the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, at the western end of Syria's frontier with Turkey.

Ankara is ready to launch a new military campaign similar to the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

However, at this time, there have been no signs that YPG commanders or fighters plan to re-deploy from Raqqa to northern Syria as a result of the increasing hostilities between Ankara and the Kurds, according to a spokesperson at U.S. Central Command.

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Syrian Kurd leaders have warned of "open, fierce confrontation" with Turkish forces in northern Syria, after a third day of cross-border skirmishes and artillery attacks.

And as the fight moves beyond Raqqa to other IS-held territory along the river, Mattis said the crowded field of forces - from Russia, Syria, Hezbollah and the coalition - will have to work to avoid conflicts on the ground.

"We disagree with the Turkish position that the YPG and the PKK are the same organization. U.S. officials will eventually understand that they are on the wrong path", said Kurtulmus.

Mattis called arming the YPG "an interim situation triggered by necessity rather than preference", a source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said.

Turkish officials hailed the almost seven-month campaign as a success after Turkish-backed Syrian rebels aided by the Turkish military took control of a stretch of territory extending to the town of al-Bab.

The Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield force launched operations against IS past year, taking territory in northern Syria as Kurdish forces also competed to carve out territory close to the Turkish border.

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