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Syrian Kurds Urge US Press Turkey Over Ceasefire Violation

Syrian Kurds Urge US Press Turkey Over Ceasefire Violation”

Turkey and Kurdish forces on Saturday traded accusations of breaching the truce deal in northeastern Syria which is aimed at halting a Turkish-led offensive on condition that the militants retreat from a "safe zone" along the border.

1000's of individuals within the German metropolis of Cologne demonstrated Saturday in opposition to Turkey's offensive in northern Syria.

What Pence announced was actually that the USA is now backing Turkey's objective and that the Kurds must leave their homeland or be slaughtered.

"As you know we have a very convoluted situation now with Russian, Syrian army, Turkish, American, SDF and some Daesh (Islamic State) elements all floating around in a very wild way", Jeffrey said.

"Turkey is 100 per cent behind the deal".

He says only after that will his force pull back from a 120km area between the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal-Aybad.

Nearly at the same moment, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported artillery shelling on Ras al-Ain and surrounding villages by Turkey's Syrian proxies, the latest bombardment of the area since the truce.

Turkey wants to push Kurdish fighters away from its southern border by establishing a 30-kilometre deep "safe zone" on the Syrian side of the frontier.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) alleges that deliveries of humanitarian aid have also been prevented from entering Ras Al-Ain.

A senior Pentagon official said U.S. forces would carry out aerial reconnaissance of the "safe zone" with the goal of watching over prisons holding the militant Islamic State fighters.

If the agreement with the United States, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, falters, Turkey will continue its military operation from where it left off, Erdogan said.

But on Saturday both sides accused the other of violating the ceasefire.

Six SDF fighters had died of their wounds during the monring, the monitor added.

The Turkish plan is to clear Kurdish fighters from a buffer zone extending more than 30km into Syria.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA and the European Union - has been responsible for deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

Turkey launched an offensive on northeastern Syrian border on October 9 shortly after the US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the remaining troops from the region.

The agreement struck by Pence also left some lawmakers in Washington, including in Trump's Republican Party, unimpressed.

Thousands of IS fighters and their family members are held in Kurdish-run jails and camps across northern Syria.

US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell called Trump's decision "a strategic nightmare".

"We have no intention or interest in occupying any part of Syria or staying there indefinitely", he said.

"It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances". On Friday, he tweeted he spoke again with Erdogan by phone, who insisted he wanted the ceasefire to succeed and played down reports of continuing violence as "minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated". "According to the news I received from my defense minister, there is no question of clashes", Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, adding that his defense ministry believes the Kurdish militia it regards as "terrorists" have begun withdrawing from the region as desired.

A fragile ceasefire was holding along Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday, two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to a 120-hour truce to allow Kurdish forces time to pull back from Ankara's cross-border assault. "If not, we will continue to crush the heads of the terrorists the minute the 120 hours [of the ceasefire] are over", Mr Erdogan told flag-waving supporters in the central Turkish province of Kayseri.



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