US Has 'Calculations' Against Turkey, Its Allies In Syria, Says Erdogan

Meanwhile, Turkish operations against Syrian Kurdish forces have compounded the suffering in northern and eastern Syria.

"The parties are committed to the consistent implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran's nuclear program, which is important for maintaining global peace and stability", a joint statement following the call declared. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

Ankara has warned the U.S. to halt its support for the militants of the so-called Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria.

"In a unsafe situation in Syria, (Turkey) should not add war to war".

"We're being told that about 100 have been arrested by the Kurds in Syria", he said.

Report says the USA maintains a presence in the city, which it is rebuilding.

But Turkey views the YPG and ISIS as one and the same, because of the YPG's links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for decades. The worldwide coalition needs to step up to support the SDF and make sure they have a role in the future of Syria as more than just pawns to be sacrificed.

"Why are you staying there (in Manbij)?"

The Su-35 was brought down by what is believed to be a man-portable missile (MAN-PAD) fired from a shoulder-mounted launcher by militant in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on February 3, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.


This apparent renewed use of chemical weapons is also on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' radar, who on Friday subtly warned at a potential US military response if Syria continues using chemical weapons - a violation of their chemical pact.

"When nobody else could do it they retook Raqqa", Funk added, referring to the former capital of the self-proclaimed IS caliphate in Syria.

"International coalition forces are bombing popular forces fighting "Daesh" and the (Syrian Democratic Forces) east of the Euphrates river and there are reports of casualties", statements carried by the stations said.

"This was our main concern because we believe that the territorial integrity of Syria should be kept intact". Pockets of IS fighters, however, remain in eastern Syria between the Euphrates River and the Iraqi border.

Syria says the Israeli warplanes launched missiles while inside Lebanon.

"The commission remains committed to fulfilling its mandate to investigate and document all human rights violation (s) occurring in the context of the Syrian armed conflict, regardless of who commits them", Pinheiro said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly called upon Washington to withdraw its cadre of US military advisers from the northern Syrian enclave of, raising tensions over a possible conflict between American and Turkish forces.

"Every 10 or 15 days there are some shots fired", said Judie Ibrahim, an 18 year old fighter with the Manbij Military Council stationed at the outpost alongside American troops.

"We're very proud of our positions here, and we want to make sure everybody knows it", said Maj. "They are just traumatized", he said by phone.

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