Turkey says 2 of its soldiers killed in IS attack in Syria

Following a meeting in London with the High Negotiations Committee, which represents Syrian opposition groups, Cavusoglu told Turkish media that firm plans had been laid out for a political transition in Syria.

The reality of the situation is that the U.S. and European Union have not only turned a blind eye to these attacks, but some states have even declared support for the Turkish state operation. This had been on the cards since the summer of 2015, but had been delayed because of USA doubts about the project and then Russian determination to punish Turkey at the first opportunity for shooting down its plane.

Ankara's tactics have been criticized by its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the United States and also by Russian Federation, with which it recently remedied ties.

"The Turkish intervention will not obstruct us". "I think it will probably be more a force where the numbers are provided by Syrian fighters rather than Turkey".

Their unilateral moves are taking place against a backdrop of global failure to promote a wider peace.

Turkish troops have again clashed with fighters of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on the border with the Kurdish canton of Afrin. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has fought a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey. But the YPG has also been an important partner for the United States in its campaign against Islamic State in Syria. It said a 2km stretch of the cable would be on Syrian territory and the rest in Turkey.

The U.S. and coalition military forces destroyed two oil pump jacks, an oil tank and a headquarters building near Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.


Turkey has backed its own "rebels", comprised of Sunni Turkmen and Arab Islamist militias, to not only attack ISIS but drive the Kurdish forces out of areas that they had wrested from ISIS with USA backing. The city, Manbij, is to the west of the Euphrates River. "I believe Manbij will enter the borders of the federal system". The YPG says it has done so.

He said the operation against IS "could gain some degree of depth" with Turkey still pressing for a no-fly zone on the Syrian side of the border.

Yousef said the Kurdish groups and their allies were still seeking to link up the regions, or cantons.

Still, Erdogan may be betting that Turkish participation will marginalize the effectiveness of Kurds in the region in the future, analysts say. "We will not retreat from that".

He also said that a total of 30,000-35,000 were fighting in the ranks of the PKK/KCK, YPG, and YPJ in the Syrian town of Kobani, made up of 15,000-20,000 in the first group, 10,000 in the YPG, 2,000 in the YPJ, and 500 in the mobile brigade.

Erdogan s comments came two weeks after Turkey launched an ambitious operation inside Syria, sending tanks and special forces to back up Syrian opposition fighters and remove IS jihadists and Kurdish militia from its frontier. But they have been steadily pushed back by the efforts of the different groups working against them, including the Kurds farther east and the Syrian rebels in locations farther west.

Since Turkey tightened its border, IS has been relying on products brought from Turkey into the rebel-held Syrian border town of Azaz. And Turkey would find itself deeply embroiled militarily in Syria's civil war. Kurdish groups have enjoyed autonomy in northern Iraq since the 1990s.


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