Turkey Battles YPG 'On Two Fronts' In Syria's Afrin


Also, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the preparations for the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress.

"So we urge Turkey to exercise restraint in the military actions and the rhetoric and ensure that its operations are limited in scope and duration", he added.

Earlier Turkish President Erdogan had vowed to "sort out" Afrin.

It also said that it had retaliated against Turkey's ground offensive with rocket fire on Turkish border areas.

Ankara has always been infuriated by U.S. support for the YPG, which it sees as a domestic security threat, one of several issues that have brought relations between the United States and its Muslim NATO ally close to the breaking point.

Turkish drones were also carrying out attacks, state television said.

Washington is sensitive to Turkey's concerns about the YPG but doesn't believe it can carry out the anti-ISIS fight almost as well without the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

A civilian holding a Turkish flag arrives to encourage the troops at a Turkish army area on the border with Syria.

Anadolu said 91 people had been detained so far in raids against 'black propaganda across 13 provinces, with 17 detained in southeast Turkey's Diyarbakir province.

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Meanwhile, controversy rumbled over the vandalising by protesters of the offices of a newspaper in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway statelet - recognised only by Ankara - that had called the operation an "occupation".

In effect, the U.S. was underwriting the existence of a small, permanent Kurdish state under USA protection and controlled by people whom Mr Erdogan had denounced as "terrorists" and promised to destroy.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Monitoring group says at 24 civilians, 24 Kurdish fighters, and 25 Turkish-backed Syrian militiamen have been killed in the clashes. Akar said the Turkish attack was a response to "gatherings of terrorist groups in this region" and sought "to confront threats of this group against villages on the border".

Ankara sees the YPG as an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a bloody insurgency in southeastern Turkey since 1984.

United States of America and Iran condemned Turkey's military operation in Syria.

Çavusoğlu capped his scathing criticism by saying France's decision to publicly speak out against Turkey's unilateral military incursion into Syria "would affect" the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies' bilateral relations.

However many analysts argue that Turkey would never have gone ahead with the offensive without the Kremlin s blessing.

Turkey on Saturday launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria. The one road out of the enclave to government-controlled Aleppo has been closed by the Kurdish militia for security reasons.