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Turkey urges United States to use ‘leverage’ to get Kurdish force pullout

Turkey urges United States to use ‘leverage’ to get Kurdish force pullout”

Syrian government forces have reportedly moved into the area to support Kurdish fighters who have been targeted by Turkey's offensive.

Turkey said the presence of Syrian troops in the border region complicated Ankara's plan to build a "safe zone" in Syria where it plans to resettle up to 2 million refugees now living in Turkey. The territory had previously been vacated by US troops.

34 percent said they want them to return if the conflict continues.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and eight other senior members of Congress from both parties were in Jordan this weekend to meet with King Abdullah II and other top officials. "We don't deal with the YPG, we deal with the Americans, so it's their responsibility", he said.

"The force protection of our service members remains our top priority and, as always, USA forces will defend themselves from any threat as we complete our withdrawal from the area", Esper told reporters.

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

"It also does not allow the opening of a safe corridor to evacuate the wounded and civilians, trapped in the city of Ras al-Ain/Sari Kanyeh, despite the fact that 30 hours have passed since the announcement of the ceasefire". The hospital was dark and without electricity.

In a statement, Syrian forces accused Turkey of failing to abide by the cease-fire agreement and refusing to lift the siege of Ras al-Ayn. Video showed Turkish soldiers and Turkey-backed Syrian forces as people lined up for aid packs.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on October 19 that the approximately 1,000 troops being withdrawn from Syria would most likely be transferred to western Iraq to focus on the fight against IS.

A group of trucks crossed on Sunday the Iraqi-Syrian border to evacuate USA troops from the northern part of Syria, SANA reports said.

The SDF said Turkish strikes had killed at least 20 civilians and 14 of its fighters since the truce was announced. It couldn't be determined whether Saturday's strikes were carried out by Turkey or allied Syrian rebel groups on the ground.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his forces would "crush the heads" of Syrian Kurdish forces in northern Syria if they did not complete a pullout from the border area within the stipulated time."Today is the second day [of the ceasefire]".

"It was a lot of, a lot of pain for a couple of days and sometimes you have to go through some pain before you can get a good solution, but the Kurds are very happy about it", Mr. Trump said Friday in the Roosevelt Room during a last-minute event honoring the first all-female NASA space walk.

The PKK has been listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The foreign nationals, many of them Europeans, would be transferred to a Turkey-controlled zone in northern Aleppo, according to the broadcaster.

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.



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