"They have really suffered at the hands of the four states".
Washington wants to maintain support for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their fight against ISIS militants despite U.S. troops withdrawing from northern Syria, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.
At least 30 civilians have so far been reported killed in the violence.
The Russian Special Envoy for Syria added that it could not be predicted when this could happen. Turkish forces are attempting to clear Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the border region and resettle some 2 million Syrian refugees there. On Tuesday, Moscow said its forces also were patrolling the northern zone. Trump says he did not endorse the plan but Washington could not stay to police the Middle East.
In an address to his ruling party legislators, Erdogan said Turkey would not be coerced into stopping its offensive or accept offers for a mediation with the Kurdish fighters, which Turkey considers as terrorists.
The deal was reached only after Russian Federation intervened and held three days of negotiations between the Syrian government and SDF - a major coup for Russia-backed Assad and a blow to Kurdish and USA influence.
A day later US prosecutors' charges were unveiled against Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank for taking part in a scheme to evade Iran sanctions.
The Turkish-backed fighters dispersed after the show of force, the official said. In fact, Mr. Trump said, "It's not our border". "If this is done, our Operation Peace Spring will end by itself".
The Adana accord spelled out the terms under which Turkey could carry out cross-border security operations inside northern Syria.
From 2015 to early 2017, especially, Turkey was afflicted by numerous high-casualty terrorist attacks, including in Istanbul against Ataturk Airport and the Reina nightclub.
Trump said the Kurdish rebel PKK, who have waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara, were "probably" a bigger terror threat than the Islamic State group.
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American support for the Syrian Kurds has triggered deep unease in NATO-ally Turkey and been a key factor in ongoing U.S. -Turkey tensions.
But the USA policy reversal followed a single Sunday call between the two presidents.
Several countries have condemned Turkey's military offensive. It began shortly thereafter, on October 9.
In a lengthy Tweet on Monday, Trump revealed an executive order that includes the suspension of negotiations on a 100 billion dollar trade deal with Turkey as well as tariffs of up to 50 percent on Turkish steel.
In the Oval Office with Mattarella, Trump said: "Our soldiers are not in harm's way - as they shouldn't be, as two countries fight over land that has nothing to do with us". "A hoisted flag does not come down".
Erdogan also said he had "no problem" accepting an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Russia soon to discuss Syria.
Those talks had taken place at Russia's Hmeimim air base in Syria among other places, he said.
Russian Federation said on Wednesday that Syrian and Turkish military forces should work out how to cooperate in northern Syria based on the Adana accord, a 1998 security pact, the state-run RIA news agency reported. "Turkey is facing a severe economic crisis".
"The Kurds have been suppressed in all sorts of ways, often very violently", said Henri Barkey, a professor of worldwide relations at Lehigh University and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Still, Turkey does have "legitimate grievances", says Mr. Hakura, and has complained since the Obama administration about the US friendship with Syrian Kurdish militias.
Turkey is moving ever closer to its goal of establishing a broad buffer zone in Syria. "That is an ingrained fear in Turkey since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire".
It is getting tedious hearing about how Turkey is planning demographic change and ethnic cleansing against the Kurdish people in northeastern Syria.