Syria: Turkey denies U.S. version of Trump-Erdogan call

Caspian Region Backs Turkey's Afrin Operation In Syria

"We recognize that. And we're working with the Turks to try and minimize it".

Erdogan "has ignored US presidents before when his domestic politics dictated it", Cook said. Washington had previously proposed a 10-kilometer safe zone.

Less than a week into Turkey's military operation in Afrin, Washington is exerting pressure on Ankara to de-escalate its activities, amidst heightened USA concerns that the fighting is hurting the broader battle against ISIL in Syria.

Iran's reaction to Turkey's military operation is not muted either. Still, he noted that USA troops will defend themselves if necessary.

The US military coalition operating in Manbij said soldiers there have the right defend themselves against any attack, and wouldn't hesitate to do so. At this point, she said, she's not aware of any changes in the location of US troops there.

"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.

"Starting in Manbij, we will continue to thwart their game", he said. Turkey views the YPG as part of the PKK and a terrorist organization.

Regarding threats to expand the offensive to Manbij, the official said Washington's "number one concern is the safety and security of troops in the vicinity".

Washington on Wednesday warned Turkey against risking a confrontation in northern Syria after Ankara said it would extend its military operations to areas held by us -backed forces, the Associated Press reported. Turkey has long demanded that the Kurdish fighters withdraw to the eastern bank of the river, and USA forces have patrolled the area to reduce tensions.

Sabri Hanan, an Afrin resident, said that civilians were continuing to join the Kurdish forces on the front lines in "large numbers". But he said trust between Ankara and Washington has to be restored before Turkey would be prepared to discuss the issue.

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Cavusoglu spoke during a joint news conference with the visiting Austrian foreign minister in Istanbul.

"Their presence has been to ensure the stability in Manbij", he said of United States troops.

Trump referenced the detention of Americans in his call with Erdogan, the White House said.

The foreign minister said the readout may have been drafted before the conversation took place.

Turkey surprised the United States by launching an offensive on January 20th, sending tanks, ground forces and F-16s alongside up to 25,000 Syrian rebel allies to fight the Kurdish YPG.

The U.K. -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that at least 42 Kurdish fighters have been killed since Saturday.

Turkish jets could not operate over Syria's northwest without both Russian Federation and Syria agreeing not to use their powerful anti-aircraft missile systems against them. Besides, the YGP has enormous local support in Kurdish towns along the border. Erdogan said the plan is to now extend the mission to Manbij, a city captured from the Islamic State movement in 2016 by Kurdish-led forces, backed by the US.

Mr Erdogan has travelled to the country's border with Syria, where was being briefed on Turkey's military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin. Forces from Turkey and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies could come face to face on the battlefield, if war triggers between United States and Turkish forces.

"The main goal of this operation is to contribute to the safety of life and property of Syrian people as well as the territorial integrity of Syria, along with Turkey's national security", he said.

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